An HVAC system is one of the most costly investments a homeowner will have to make at some point. Furthermore, heating and cooling bills are one of the largest expenses in a home. With warmer weather around the corner below are tips for making your hvac system more efficient.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
The most important step a homeowner can take to make their hvac system more efficient is to schedule routine maintenance. Routine maintenance also helps ensure the system will keep working properly. A professional inspection will allow you to catch any small issues early on, before they become major expensive repairs or cause high energy consumption. Be sure to keep your maintenance appointments and do not put them off for later.
Replace Air Filters
The purpose of the air filter is to protect the internal components of an HVAC system from dirt and debris and maintain indoor air quality. If a filter is not regularly replaced it can compromise the efficiency of the HVAC system. Furthermore, the dirt and debris trapped in the air filter can also contaminate the indoor air and lead to health complications. A dirty air filter can increase your energy bill. We recommend replacing the air filters at least once every three months.
Seal Air Ducts
Any leaks in the duct system will increase the loss of warm or cool air and will force your HVAC system to use more energy to reach set temperature. An inspection will reveal where the leaks are and how big they are. The leaks should be sealed with mastic sealant. To prevent loss of money on high energy bills. It is also a good idea to seal any other leaks you may have around the home. Any small cracks around windows and doors can also result in air loss. By sealing leaks in your home, you can help ensure your system does not overwork to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Keep Outdoor Unit Clean
Experts recommend you leave at least two feet clearance around the outdoor unit. The condenser coil should always be protected from external factors that can cause damage or clogs and decrease performance. Clear debris, leaves and other vegetation away from the unit as often as needed. The key is to keep the air flowing around your HVAC system.
Remove registers to vacuum them and clean then with a damp cloth thoroughly on both sides. This will facilitate air flow throughout the rooms of the home. Clean registers will keep debris and dust from flowing throughout your home.
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
If you do not already have a programmable thermostat, consider upgrading to one. You will be able to program it for different times of the day, so your home is always at a comfortable level. A programmable thermostat allows you to have full control of the temperature and will can help lower your monthly bills. You will simply need to program it in advance so it can regulate your HVAC system without you having to adjust throughout the day. There are also smart thermostat options that can increase your energy savings even further. Smart thermostats can learn your unique schedule and can offer energy tips and reports. Most also allow users to control the thermostat even when you are away from home by using your mobile phone or computer.
Invest in an Energy Efficient HVAC system
Heating and cooling costs account for nearly half of the home’s total energy bill. If you have an older system with an air conditioning unit more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new high efficiency model. Newer HVAC system models have higher SEER ratings which equals to more energy efficiency and saving money on energy bills.
Give us a call today at (818) 341-3406 or contact us online to find out how we can help you increase your HVAC efficiency. You can also call us to sign up for a maintenance plan. Protect your investement and your home by implementing these simple tips now.
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