Summer has really begun to heat up over the past couple of weeks. Between the humidity and high temperatures, it is easy to go overboard when dialing down your thermostat. So in spirit of summer, we want to give you a few home maintenance tips to keep your home’s HVAC running efficiently, keeping you and your family refreshingly cool for these hot summer months.
1. Start with Yearly Check Ups
Life is busy. Your kids are out of school so you have tons of little fingers and toes running around to keep your mind preoccupied and your broom and dust pan busy. In the midst of the madness, before you take your week long summer vacations, be sure to call a licensed professional to complete the yearly maintenance tasks on your system. According to EnergyStar standards, HVAC systems perform more efficiently when property maintained. If it has been a year or more since your system has been serviced, go and ahead and have it maintained. Keeping up with your units check ups, keeps it healthier, longer.
2. Do the Basics Yourself
Although it is always wise to call a contractor to check on your HVAC system, there are a few things you can do throughout the year to improve your systems efficiency. Check refrigerant levels to make sure your air conditioner is working at top efficiency. If you have an outdoor unit, wipe off its fan blades and coils. Check your air filter, and change it if it’s clogged with dust or dander, if it’s damp, or if it’s damaged
3. Keep an Eye on the Thermostat
Your thermostat plays a vital role when it comes to controlling your HVAC system’s performance. Programmable thermostats costs as little as $25, saving you money in the long term by give you the access to lower the temperature at night or when the house is empty during the day. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, think about upgrading. The latest thermostats have user-friendly features like mobile controls and smart technology that allow you to monitor your thermostat even when you’re not at home.
4. Home Energy Audits – What are they and how to they work?
Duct work and insulation throughout your home help keep air treated by your HVAC system. These two things allow the air to circulate properly throughout your home–instead of, for example, pooling in from your basement or attic. Drafts and cracks interfere with this circulation process, allowing air to escape. If your heating and cooling bills are high or your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like it to be, consider getting a home energy audit. During a home energy audit, a contractor will carefully examine your duct work, insulation, as well as ventilation systems for problems such as air leakage or improper circulation. After determining if you have any issues or not and then make recommendations about how you can get your HVAC system working optimally.
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