Spring and fall are many people’s favorite seasons because the weather is just right. Winter and summer can be a little tough, especially if you live in an area where the mercury drops significantly from December to February and rises suddenly from July through September. If you do struggle with these seasons, you probably run up your utility bills heating and cooling your home during each respective time of year. Here are tips to ensure your heating and air conditioning systems are running as efficiently as they can be. This saves you money and keeps your indoor air healthy for everyone to breathe.
Keep Your Airflow Clean
In order for your heater and AC to work efficiently, they must be able to draw and force the air in and out of your home without any resistance. This is why most heating and air conditioning professionals recommend cleaning or changing your air filters every 30 days. If your units have permanent air filters, remove them and clean them with warm sudsy water once of month. If you have throwaway filters, purchase the exact size you need from your local hardware store and replace per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most need a 30-day replacement, but some will last for 90 days.
You must also ensure all vents to and from your units and your home are clean. This includes the airflow vents into each room. You can take these down and clean them yourself with warm sudsy water, but it’s best to hire a professional to clean and inspect all of your home’s air ducts. Dirty ducts blow polluted air into your home, which can cause respiratory issues and illness. Torn ducts reduce your heating and air conditioning efficiency. Excess air is released through the tears into your attic instead of being forced into your home. This makes the unit work harder to maintain the thermostat’s temperature.
Schedule Regular Heater and Air Conditioner Maintenance
Every fall, contact a professional heating expert to come to your home and inspect your heater. Every spring, schedule the same expert to inspect your air conditioner. Many people forgo regular heater and air conditioner maintenance because they think it’s a waste of money. It’s not. In fact, it avoids costly heating and air conditioning repair. Bi-annual maintenance gives professional technicians the opportunity to inspect every aspect of your heating and cooling system to make certain nothing is on the road to failure once you begin to use the unit.
They will check and clean your heating system’s pilot light, blower, motor, and other crucial components to ensure they can warm your indoor air effectively. If any of the heater’s parts are not working efficiently, the technician will replace them. If your heater is old and it’s time to replace it, the technician will recommend the best way to do so. In the spring, the technician will also check and clean your AC’s condenser coil, blower, other critical elements, and make certain you have plenty of EPA-approved Freon. It doesn’t matter if you have a standing or window unit.
For peak efficiency, the technician can insulate your heating and cooling ducts properly. The technician will look for air leaks at all connector joints and seal them. He or she will also insulate your air ducting to reduce hot and cool air escape. This forces more hot and cold air into your home, which can increase your energy efficiency by as much as 20 percent or more. Some homeowners report an even greater reduction in their energy bills. It depends on your system and your forced airflow.
When your heater and air conditioner run as best they can, you will be more comfortable and your indoor air will be healthier to breathe. Replace your air filters when recommended. Clean your air vents regularly. Contact a professional for bi-annual maintenance.