With the way gas prices are fluctuating and the cost of groceries is going up, most of us are looking for ways to economize. Since home heating and cooling systems often consume the most energy in houses and can cost a lot to repair, it only makes sense to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape. Keep reading for tips on maintaining your system while keeping your home cool (or warm), and your budget in check.
Change the filter
Your system’s filter removes dust and other pollutants from the air so that they do not spread through the house. You can improve air quality and use less energy by following your HVAC manufacturer’s recommendations on when to change the filter..
Schedule preventative maintenance twice a year
Extend the life of your system, spend less on utilities, and experience better air quality by signing up for an HVAC maintenance plan that includes two service visits per year.
Keep the outside unit clean and clear of debris
Leaves, twigs, and other organic materials have a tendency to collect in and around outdoor units. You can give it the breathing room it needs to perform its job by clearing away debris, dirt, and grime that block airflow.
Set the temperature to 78 degrees Fahrenheit
Alabama Power and Energy Saver both recommend setting your indoor temperature to 78 degrees during the summer months to save on your monthly energy bill. While that might be a bit too high for your liking, we recommend playing around with the temperature until you find a number that might be higher than you’d normally allow but still keep you cool. Another consideration, turn it to 78 degrees or higher during the day when you’re not home.
Keep an eye on your energy bills
A good way to tell if there’s an issue with your HVAC system is to keep an eye on your monthly energy bills. If you notice spikes or gradual increases in energy consumption but haven’t actually adjusted the thermostat, it could be a sign there’s an issue with your unit. If that’s the case, you should contact your trusted HVAC specialist right away.
What to do if your HVAC system isn’t cooperating
Unfortunately, HVAC systems don’t run forever and if your system is old, you’re probably already spending more on energy bills than you would be with a brand-new unit. Rather than wait for parts to fail or the system to die, why not consider installing a new energy-efficient HVAC unit?
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