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

Improving AC Efficiency During The Summer

Kristin Pierce

Summertime is the worst time to have an inefficient air conditioning system. If you feel incredibly hot all the time and have to keep dialing down the temperature, it's time to take action. Here are some ways to improve your AC unit this summer.

Have a Technician Stop by for An Inspection

Ideally, an AC system should be checked at least once a year. Twice a year is better, so that your heating is ready for winter and your cooling is ready for summer. An air conditioning service will be able to assess your system to see if any repairs need to be made.

Even though you may not want to pay the initial cost of the inspection, you will be saving a lot more in the long-run. Systems that need repairs have to work harder to keep a house cool — this translates to higher energy bills! If your system is very old and the cost of repairs isn't worth it, your technician can recommend energy-efficient systems.

Make sure Your Fans Aren't On Their Winter Settings

Some people reverse the direction of their ceiling fans during the wintertime to circulate warm air. Check your ceiling fans to make sure that they aren't still in this reversed direction. For the summertime, many fan blades should rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

You may need to get a ladder to check your ceiling fans — some have flip-switches that let you change the blade direction. When your fans are on the proper settings, make sure you use them so that your cooled air circulates. When your air circulates better, you may not need to turn the AC on as much.

Check Your Air Filters

Clogged air filters can cause your AC unit to overwork and overheat. Check your filter's manufacturer to see the best time to change the filters. Usually, this should be done every six months. If you have pets or lots of family members, the filters may need to be changed more often.

Close the Blinds When the Sun is Beating Down

When the sun shines through your glass panes, your house can absorb a lot of heat. During the mornings and evenings, you can open your blinds, but block out the sun during the midday heat. The blinds will protect your home from the heat so that you may not have to use your air conditioner as much.

For more ways to improve your home's HVAC system, contact a company like All Arctic Air today.