Whether you are running the heat during the cold nights of winter or blasting the air condition to combat the heat and humidity that seems to be around for most of the year, it is important to ensure that your HVAC system is working at peak performance. An efficient unit uses less energy to run, heat, or cool, meaning a lower energy bill for you, and on top of that, a more efficient unit is better for the environment. Aside from remembering to schedule maintenance with the pros at C&S A/C Service, here are a few additional tips to keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
- Change the Filter. This is the easiest aspect of do-it-yourself A/C maintenance that can have one of the largest effects on your HVAC systems efficiency. Air filters should be replaced every 1 to 3 months. The more your air conditioner is running, the more frequently you should change it. Having (furry) pets in the home also shortens the lifespan of a filter. When a filter is clogged and goes several months without being changed, the air flow and air quality are reduced. The system has to work harder to cool, or heat, the home when the air is not getting through.
- Inspect Your Duct Work. Air ducts play a vital role in the transfer of air in your home. Rips, tears, cracks, or improper sealing can allow air to escape the home, causing the home to not be cooled efficiently. Dirty duct work can also reduce air flow, having further impact on the air conditioner’s efficiency. Have your duct work inspected while regular maintenance is being done on your HVAC system, or schedule a separate appointment to make sure your duct work isn’t causing any problems
- Schedule a Blower Door Test. If you have noticed that your air conditioner is not working very efficiently, such as poor air flow, not cooling as quickly as it once did, or the air does not feel as cool as it should, then there may be something wrong. One issue that affects your home air conditioner’s efficiency are leaks throughout your home. A home blower test depressurizes the home and then pulls air from the outside in. Doing so will highlight areas of concern where air is escaping so that these issues can be quickly corrected.
These tips in addition to regularly scheduled maintenance will help to keep your HVAC system in top shape for years to come!