keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

Improving The Performance Of Your Air Conditioner

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Surviving the months of punishing summer heat will require your air conditioning system to work at peak efficiency. When you find that the heat is starting to overwhelm your air conditioning system, there are several ways to help boost the performance of the system to help compensate for the extreme heat.

Clean The Vents And Ducting

Dirty and clogged vents or ducts will severely inhibit the cooling power of your system. For instances of minor dirt and dust, your vacuum cleaner will likely be able to address these problems. When using your vacuum, use the attachment with a brush head as this will make it much easier to remove the dirt and dust. If your vents and ducts have become particularly dirty, your vacuum may not be powerful enough to clean them, and a professional service may be required.

Check For Plant Growth Or Other Debris That May Impact The Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit will need to be able to pull in a large amount of air to function. Otherwise, it will be unable to cool the air in the home. When outdoor units are installed, they are typically placed in areas where they will be able to get plenty of ventilation. Over time, plants and other debris can gather around this unit, which can decrease the amount of air it can utilize. Trimming these plants and removing debris from the exterior unit can increase its ventilation, which may improve its cooling ability.

Test The Refrigerant Levels

Low refrigerant levels can be a common reason for an air conditioning system to fail to effectively cool a home. One of the first steps that you should take to addressing decreasing cooling performance is to make sure that the refrigerant levels are high enough. Additionally, if the refrigerant is more than a few years old, it may need to be rejuvenated or replaced as its performance will gradually decline.

Consider Investing In Supplementary Room Air Conditioners

On some days, the temperature may simply go too high for your system to address. While the costs of replacing the entire central air system may be too much for addressing temperatures on these days, you can help to minimize the discomfort during these times by having a supplementary window unit. To avoid the unsightly appearance of a window unit and the difficulty of placing one in the window, you can opt for room-based units. Often, they will be equipped with wheels to make them easy to move, and this type of air conditioner will have a small exhaust hose that is placed in the window so that the heat can be expelled from the room.

For more information, contact a company like Barnetts Heating & Air Conditioning.

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9 July 2018