When summer arrives this year you will want to be prepared to enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer days. If you take the time to do your own check-up and add simple home enhancements to help your air conditioner you can keep your HVAC unit running more efficiently. These easy tips can keep the cool air flowing and your family feeling comfortable no matter how high the temperature rises outside in the hot summer days as well as lead to money savings throughout the year.
Focus on the Filter
The first thing to check when it comes to your HVAC unit is your air filter. Depending on your system you may need to use a disposable type filter or a more permanent one. With a disposable filter, it’s essential to replace your air filter at least once a month. You may need to replace your filters more frequently if you have pets in your home, burn candles frequently or are a smoker.
Once you’ve got a fresh or newly cleaned air filter your HVAC won’t have any dust or dirt blocking or restricting the cool air from circulating freely throughout your home.
Keep Outdoor Areas Clear
If applicable, the next thing to do is to go outside and examine your HVAC unit. You want to make sure the area is clean and free from debris. If there are any plants, branches, or other items that are blocking the area or touching your air conditioner, you need to clear them away. Make sure you do not grow any shrubbery too close to the unit.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
One of the best things you can do to help with your energy bill is to install a programmable thermostat. With newer technologies, it is now possible to customize your air conditioning schedule even when you aren’t home. Not only does this help you save money but running a climate-controlled schedule can help prevent your air conditioner from working too hard during the warmest months.
Consider Upgrading Your Unit
If you’ve tried all of these tips and your HVAC unit is still not sufficiently cooling your home, it may be time to invest in an upgraded system. An older unit may actually be costing you more money each year due to cooling loss and excess waste. Newer models of air conditioners being made even more energy efficient and sometimes offer more ways to help lower energy bills.
Choosing a new HVAC system is something that one of our reputable Superior Mechanical professionals can help you with. Our project managers have over 20 years of experience in the industry and will evaluate your needs and set you up with a system designed perfectly for you and your home. Give us call! 507-289-0229