Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

3 Simple Steps For Reducing Cooling Costs

Kristin Pierce

When the summer heat comes around again and you begin running your air conditioner daily, your energy bill can increase much more quickly than you might expect. Buying a more energy-efficient air conditioner is one way to lower your energy bill, but this comes with a significant upfront cost. Instead, here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your AC bill at a more manageable level.

Clean or Replace Your Filter

If you have central heat and air, it is essential to clean or replace your furnace filter monthly to maintain the efficiency of both your furnace and air conditioner. A clogged filter forces your air conditioner to work harder to circulate air through your home, reducing its efficiency and increasing energy costs.

Many homeowners have disposable paper or fiberglass filters that must be replaced monthly. As an alternative to purchasing replacement filters, you may choose to upgrade to a nylon filter. These filters can be rinsed with a garden hose and reused, and will also improve the indoor air quality of your home by removing more dust and allergens from the air.

Set Your Ceiling Fans Correctly

Many homeowners are not aware that the direction that the rotation direction of their ceiling fans will change their effect on a room's temperature. Most ceiling fans are designed to push cool air into the room while rotating counterclockwise (from your perspective looking upward), and to circulate warm air around the ceiling into the room when rotating clockwise. Make sure your ceiling fans are set to rotate counterclockwise during the summer so they can cool your home effectively and you can save energy by using your air conditioner less often.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

One of the biggest sources of high energy usage in air conditioners is running the air conditioner when you don't need it. No matter how carefully you set a standard thermostat, there will be occasions when your air conditioner runs while you are at work or in the middle of the night. While you could turn the thermostat off when you go to bed or leave for work, this can result in your home being unbearably hot when you wake up or return from work.

The solution to this problem is to install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to control your air conditioner based on factors such as the time of day instead of just a target temperature. For example, you can set a programmable thermostat to keep your air conditioner off while you are at work, but to turn it on shortly before you get home so that you are cool and comfortable as soon as you walk in.

With these easy steps, you can keep your cooling costs in control this summer without sacrificing comfort. Contact a company like Comfort Pros for more info.