There aren’t many things that HVAC professionals will tell you to do on your own when it comes to servicing your HVAC systems. And there is definitely a reason for this when it comes to big repair needs. The fact of the matter is that there are some components of your air conditioning and heating systems that the pros need special training and licensing to handle. This includes working with components like refrigerant and natural gas.
Professional maintenance is vital for the health of your air conditioner, the efficiency of your home, and for your family’s comfort. Maintenance enables our technicians to comprehensively inspect your cooling system for problems, anything that may need adjusting, and anything that needs to be cleaned. It also allows us to alert you to repair needs. And lastly, maintenance helps your system work more efficiently. But there’s more you can do besides just scheduling maintenance. Read on to learn more!
Raise the Temp on Your Thermostat
No don’t worry, we don’t want you to make it hotter than it has to be during the summer in your home.
The thing is, there’s a pretty good chance that you are turning your thermostat settings down much lower than they actually need to be in order to maintain comfort. Homeowners often set their thermostat as low as 71°F, thinking it will help their homes cool down faster on a hot day. This isn’t the case though, it actually just causes the system to run longer in order to do its job, which is the inefficient part.
Most people can maintain comfort at about a 78°F thermostat setting throughout the day. Plus, you can save energy, and subsequently, save money, by raising the temperature when nobody is home or while you’re sleeping and not active.
It’s unnecessary to waste energy by cooling a home any cooler than 78°F when nobody is in the home.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans cannot lower the actual temperature in a room or in a home. But what ceiling fans can do is help you and your household feel cooler, by helping sweat evaporate from the body–our natural way of keeping cool.
On a mild summer day, a ceiling fan or two can be sufficient enough to keep you cool and therefore keep your bills lower, but they can help even on hotter days too! Ceiling fans push cooled air down and keep warm air rising, so no matter what your thermostat setting is, it will help you feel cooler. Therefore you can run your air conditioner at a higher temperature, which will reduce energy use and ultimately cost you less money.
Change the Air Filter Regularly
The air filter that comes standard with HVAC systems upon installation is there to protect the actual system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and harm its components. When this air filter gets too clogged up though, it restricts airflow, and your air conditioner may have to run longer in order to try to reach the temperature on the thermostat.
As we alluded to above, this is very inefficient for your air conditioner. Changing your air filter is a task that you should be doing every 1-3 months during periods of HVAC system use!