Does the AC ever break down on the hottest day of the year? If you’ve been through this, you understand the problems it brings. It can be a source of anxiety for some people who live in over-95-degree weather. Don’t let the heat get to you; instead, use these tips to keep your HVAC system in good working order all year.
1. Schedule Regular Maintenance Checks
It’s typically recommended to schedule an HVAC inspection each year, one in the spring for the coming summer and one in the fall for the coming winter. During these inspections, the technicians will inspect and troubleshoot any issues to keep the unit working efficiently.
2. Replace the Filter Regularly
Over time your air filters can become dirty and clogged with dust, especially if you live in a dusty area. Dirty filters can impede airflow which will cause the system to work harder than it should which will increase your energy costs. A good time to change your filters is every 3 months but it does depend on your air quality.
3. Check Your Thermostat
Thermostats can help save energy and money by setting different temperatures throughout the day. The temperature that you set will largely depend on your comfort, and many systems will have optimum temperature levels to use energy more efficiently. It’s important to check if your programmable thermostat requires regular battery replacements and when you need to do them. Reading the owner’s manual or asking your technician can help you understand your thermostat better.
4. Monitor Your Energy Bills
It’s important to watch your energy bill and note any sudden increases. If you notice your bills are much higher than usual, it might be because your HVAC system is working harder than usual and using more additional power. Some other issues could be is from clogged filters or low refrigerant levels. If this becomes a recurring thing, it’s best to call a professional to determine what the issue is and fix it.
5. Keep Your Outside HVAC Unit Clear
It’s important to not only maintain your unit inside but also outside. Your outside unit should be clear of any shrubs or trees near the outside of the unit. Keeping this area clear can help ensure the lifespan of your unit without it collecting dirt and debris around the area. A good rule of thumb is to keep the area clear by at least 12 inches so that nothing can obstruct it and cause it to work less efficiently.
Taking good care of your HVAC unit will help it run smoothly in the long run and help you save money on costly repairs down the road. Following these steps should help you maintain your unit as well as have a professional come do a biannual checkup to ensure everything is running smoothly.