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.

Looking For More Cost-Efficient Cooling This Summer? 3 Things To Do

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Cooling costs can take a big bite from the household budget, especially when the home is in a location where average summer temperatures routinely hit triple digits. So, finding ways to reduce these costs is something that many homeowners want to accomplish. If you are longing for summer, but dreading the costs associated with using your home air conditioning system, here are three simple tips that can help you find the relief you need. 

1. Train your family to be comfortable with higher indoor temperatures

Controlling the setting on your thermostat is one of the easiest ways to gain more control over the cost of cooling your home. Instead of allowing family members to reduce the thermostat to the point that the interior air temperatures are almost chilly, ask them to leave the setting at 78 degrees. 

To help better distribute the cool air, even at the higher thermostat setting, use ceiling fans set on summer settings or add an inexpensive freestanding fan to living areas. During periods when the home will be empty for several hours, remember to adjust the thermostat setting upward several degrees, to save even more on cooling costs.

2. Develop household habits that lessen heat production in the home

Another excellent way to cut air conditioning costs is by reducing the strain on the system by reducing the amount of heat produced in the home. Instead of using the oven to bake a meal during the heat of the day, consider cooking at night or opting to grill food outdoors, instead. 

Another easy way to reduce interior heat levels is to install and use insulated drapes or blinds or install reflective window film on windows that receive full sunlight. 

3. Have the cooling system serviced and learn from the process

Dust and dirt can affect many of the components that make up your home's central air conditioning system. In addition to adding additional wear on moving parts and electrical connections, dirty filters, vents, and condenser fins force the air conditioning system to work much harder to intake and circulate the air it needs to operate.

Homeowners who have not previously cleaned their system can learn what to do by observing the actions of a reputable air conditioning repair technician. During a routine service maintenance call, the technician will check components and moving parts for wear, while also cleaning and adjusting belts, fans, and condenser mechanisms. Homeowners who shadow the technician during the service call can learn what they need to clean and how often they will need to do it to keep their system operating more efficiently. 

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22 March 2019