A typical homeowner will often not know who to call when they have trouble with their HVAC system. To prevent a situation like this from mushrooming into a disaster, it is helpful to read up on the topic in advance. The advice here will help any homeowner know what to do with their system.
Before contacting a repair service, do a short tour of the entire home. Figure out which rooms are too cool or warm. This can help contractors quickly figure out the issue and how to fix it easily and quickly.
Clean your condenser’s fan blades and coils come spring. If you are doing more than a light surface cleaning, make sure that the power is shut off to the HVAC unit. Also, be sure to clear leaves and debris from your condenser unit.
Every spring you should clean the coils and fan blades on your condenser fan. First, make sure the power is off to ensure nothing moves while you are working. Then remove the grill, remove the blades and clean it from top to bottom gently.
Make sure clippings don’t get on your outdoor units when your mowing your lawn. Make sure the grass does not get in your unit. Also do this when blowing leaves or shoveling snow.
During the fall, leaves can gather around your HVAC. Frequently clean the fan grill when trees are shedding leaves. An obstruction, such as a leaf, prevents the maximum amount of cool air from entering the system.
Your HVAC system should be checked a few times a year. Ideally, you should have it looked at in the spring and fall so you know everything is set for the hot and cold months. Even if everything seems fine, check things out to find potential problems.
Putting in a programmable thermostat is a smart way to cut back on air-conditioning costs. A programmable thermostat can save you up to ten percent on your cooling and heating costs by simply turning the thermostat back ten to fifteen percent for eight hours a day. Plus, some models allow you to control them over the internet or from a smartphone.
Service your HVAC unit at least one time a year. The contractor should oil the parts that move and check the motor and freon levels. This ensures your system runs smoothly.
If nobody is home, turn off the air conditioner to save money. By raising the temperature from, for example 78 to 80, your house will be warmer, but only up to 80 before your AC kicks in. If you decide to set the temperature to 82 or 83 or so on, your AC won’t go on until it reaches that temperature. Obviously, if you leave your air conditioning set at a low temperature all day long even if you’re not home, you’ll be paying to maintain that low temperature.
Nobody wants their HVAC system to break down in the dead of winter or during the dog days of summer. Having a good understanding of the workings of your HVAC system can help. The suggestions in the above article should lead homeowners to making smart decisions when it comes to their HVAC system.