You’ve cultivated good habits that keep you in good shape, like exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. But what are you doing to keep your home’s HVAC system in good condition so it can fight off the heat of the Greensboro, North Carolina, summer? These six habits will help you preserve your HVAC system’s health and cut your monthly costs.
Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance
The best habit for preserving your HVAC system is to schedule regular professional maintenance. The longer you put off HVAC maintenance, the more otherwise minor issues can become costly damages. A small leak can become a ruptured refrigerant line. A rattling belt can snap and throw off your entire unit.
During a professional maintenance appointment, our licensed technicians will check your refrigerant lines, replace broken components, calibrate your thermostat, clean the interior of your unit, and much more. Schedule HVAC maintenance twice a year (ideally in the spring and fall), and you will preserve your HVAC system, reduce your utility costs, and extend your unit’s lifespan.
The less strain you put on your HVAC system, the longer you’ll preserve it. And nothing strains your unit like pushing it too hard to keep your home comfortable. We know that summers in North Carolina can get toasty, but if you cool your home to the temperature of a crisp spring morning, then you will quickly wear out your air conditioner and have high utility bills.
Instead of pushing your cooling system so hard, cool with energy efficiency in mind by keeping your thermostat set between 73 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. When you’re away, you can further improve that efficiency by programming your thermostat to keep your home at 80 degrees.
That’s right, cleaning your home will do more than improve indoor air quality and make your living space suitable for guests; it will also reduce strain on your HVAC system. The more cluttered your home is, the more restricted your airflow and the harder your AC will work to compensate. Clean your living space often, and you will improve airflow and general energy efficiency. Put extra effort into cleaning around your HVAC system, especially around heat registers, vents, and your indoor air handler. You can also remove dirt, weeds, and other debris from around your outdoor compressor unit.
Use a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can take even more of a load off your HVAC system by giving you more personalized control over your heating and cooling. Let’s say you’re out of town and forgot to turn up your thermostat while you were away. With a smart thermostat, you can pull out your phone and adjust your settings from hundreds of miles away. Taking advantage of your smart thermostat will allow you to reduce strain on your unit no matter where you are.
Create a Cool Environment
You don’t always need to rely on technology or on professionals to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Instead, focus on other methods of controlling your environment. During the day, close drapes or shades over your windows to prevent the sun’s harsh heat from entering your home. Make sure any ceiling fans are set to run counter clockwise. As long as you’re cool, you don’t need to always worry about your AC cooling every corner of your living space.
Change HVAC Air Filters
While you should leave the vast majority of HVAC maintenance to professionals, you can take some AC care into your own hands. One easy way to preserve your HVAC system is to change your air filters regularly. These filters catch dust, dirt, and other airborne pollutants as they pass through your HVAC system, but when the filters become clogged, they start hindering airflow, forcing your system to work harder. Change your filters at least every three months, and you’ll reduce the load on your air conditioner.
Adopt these good habits, and you’ll bolster your HVAC system against problems that would otherwise be its undoing, and you’ll cut your utility costs along the way. To preserve your air conditioner with professional maintenance, call Air Treatment, Inc. at 336-790-3206.
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