During certain times of the year, your HVAC system is working overtime to keep you and your family cool. But not to worry, if you have the proper equipment, your system should be able to handle the heat. It’s never a bad idea, however, to do what you can to reduce strain on your system which will ultimately help maintain its longevity and efficiency. Below we’ve compiled six tips for keeping your system working effectively and efficiently in maintaining cool temps inside of your home.
Tip #1: Adjust the Thermostat When You’re Away
Most of us aren’t home all day every day. There’s no need to keep your AC on when you’re out, so be sure to adjust it to a higher setting when you’re leaving the house for an extended period. If you have regularly scheduled times when you are away from your home you can give your AC a break by programming your thermostat to allow the inside temperature to go up when you’re not home, reducing strain, and then drop back down before you return home, assuring you’re comfortable when you walk in the door.
Tip #2: Replace the Air Filters
Clogged or dirty air filters can increase the amount of energy your HVAC system uses to cool your home. Checking and replacing these filters regularly can greatly increase the lifespan of your system in addition to lowering the overall strain to your unit.
Tip #3: Install A Solar Attic Fan
Attic fans help to keep the temperatures in the attic from getting out of control, greatly reducing the temperature inside of your home as well as air conditioning related expenses. When the temps in the attic soar, heat gets trapped and makes the AC work a lot harder. Aside from temperature benefits, attic fans also extend the life of your roof by moving stagnant moist air and eliminating mold. The expansion of moisture during the winter months can damage your roof.
Tip #4: Reduce the Heat in Your Home
There are plenty of small changes you can make inside your home to reduce the workload on your AC system. Close blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day, keep doors and windows closed while your AC is running, and do heat-generating activities like cooking, showering, or washing dishes during the coolest times of the day.
Tip #5: Improve Insulation
To cut down on the strain your AC system is under you might consider updating the insulation in your home. Insulation in walls and ceilings as well as seals around windows and outside doors allow for the temperature inside your house to remain constant – whether it’s in the warm or the cool seasons. Checking and replacing any inefficient windows or siding to your home will allow the conditioned air to stay inside instead of leaking out.
Tip #6: Professional Service
One of the most important steps to reducing strain on your AC system is to have an HVAC professional out regularly to perform maintenance service. Testing components for proper operation, checking refrigerant, inspecting ducts, and making sure the condenser coils are clean are all essential to your system’s health. Staying ahead of potential problems can greatly decrease the work your system is subjected to and extend its life and cooling effectiveness.
Need to schedule a maintenance service appointment or just have some questions for us? Call Burgeson’s today to book a service or get more information. Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM, but we’re available to help anytime. Our on-call, after-hours service is always available to take your call. Give us a call now at (909) 792 2222.