With summer in full effect and winter coming up, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your HVAC system in any weather conditions. These six tips will help you boost your energy efficiency as well as avoid any unexpected breakdowns.
1. Change Your Air Filters
This step is incredibly easy to do, yet just as easy to forget about. If too much debris has accumulated on your filters, it can form a thick screen. Air will not be able to filter through as easily, and your HVAC system will have to use more energy to push it through. Replacing them regularly also ensures that they perform their task of purifying the air as best as possible.
2. Seal Your Air Ducts
Holes, gaps and leaks in your air ducts can cause you to lose up to 30 percent of your conditioned air before it ever reaches its destination. An HVAC technician can help you find and fix these leaks so you are not wasting conditioned air.
3. Unclog The Condensate Drain
Shove a stiff wire through the condensate drain to remove any blockage. This will help your HVAC system better dehumidify the air so it doesn’t feel moist and sticky.
4. Clean The Outdoor Unit
The outdoor unit houses the condensing coil and other important components that need to perform efficiently. Sweep away debris like leaves and grass clippings to prevent them from reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system.
5. Close Vents In Unoccupied Rooms
By lowering your demand for unnecessary conditioned air, you reduce the amount of energy you need. This reduces the total workload for your system and can extend its longevity.
6. Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Just like a truck requires tune-ups to stay in optimal working order, your HVAC system needs to be inspected to avoid unexpected problems. Hire an HVAC professional to inspect all the components and make sure everything is ready to keep you comfortable for the upcoming year.
For more information on energy efficiency, contact Blanton’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We have served Fayetteville and the surrounding areas for 60 years.