An HVAC system can be something that you and your family and/or business depend upon every day without fully appreciating it for what it is. Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning is at work every single day, for hours at a time, each day. But once the HVAC system doesn’t seem to be working as well as it once did, or it has slowed down or become less effective, how can you get more from it without having to replace it? Here are 3 HVAC efficiency tips that we recommend to keep your system running smoothly all year long.
Change the Air Filter
As a general rule of thumb, you should be changing your furnace filter at least once a month, depending on the grade of filter. A dirty filter slows down the rate that air can travel in to it and disperses out of it. Since your HVAC works on being able to push either the heated air or cooled air into our home, you want it to be able to travel without any blockages. A clogged filter also will cost your utility bill to run higher since your HVAC has to work harder in order to fulfill its purpose. A filter is also important to be able to stop allergens and dust from traveling throughout your home. Because the filter stops these things, it can become too full very quickly, and quite easily. Particularly depending on where you live.
Program Your Thermostat
By programming your thermostat, you will be able to tell your HVAC what temp to keep the house at throughout the day. This can eliminate your HVAC running during times of the day when it is easier to conserve. By programming your thermostat, you may be able to save money, and wear and tear on your HVAC system. Some things to consider when you do programming is to not have it running as much when there isn’t anyone home. For instance, if you work most of the day, don’t have it running until about one hour before you arrive home to start cooling things down, or warming things up. In the middle of the night is another time to reduce how often your HVAC system should be running, especially in the colder months. Chances are in the middle of the night, your family is using blankets to keep warm, and the HVAC can take a break until it comes closer to when everyone starts to wake up.
Schedule Yearly Tune-Ups
Think of your HVAC unit like a car: after a certain amount of mileage, it needs to have an oil change, and other maintenance done so that it will continue to run smoothly. Your HVAC unit does, too. Having a yearly tune-up can keep it running better throughout the year, and can prevent bigger repair costs in the future by having maintenance done on it frequently. In a tune-up, all the electrical components will be tightened, moving parts will be cleaned and lubricated, and any damages or leaks will be checked repaired as necessary.
By following these three steps you will notice an improvement in how well your HVAC works and you will be getting the most of or your HVAC system. This in return will provide you will efficient heating and cooling throughout the year and will save you money in the long way.