Spring is coming to an end in the Outer Banks. The warmer weather is right around the corner. If your HVAC system isn’t well maintained, you could end up spending a lot of money on cooling your home. Make sure your HVAC system is ready for summer.
Change Air Filters
Dirty air filters can cause your HVAC system to work harder to cool your home. This can have a significant impact on your utility bills. Air filters should be checked and replaced at least once a month. You might need to replace your system’s air filters more frequently if you smoke or have pets.
Inspect the Areas Around Your Outdoor Unit
Go outside and check the areas around your HVAC system. Ensure that there is no debris or plants growing against the outdoor unit. If plants aren’t properly cleared away, they can easily grow into your system and damage delicate parts.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to create a personalized temperature control system. Temperatures can be changed even when you are away from home. This prevents cooling an empty house which can save you money and avoid overworking your system.
Running fans when your air conditioner is running helps circulate cool air and makes your system more efficient. It also uses a lot less energy to cool your home. Ceiling fans should be set to rotate clockwise during the summer.
Clean HVAC Vents
One of the best ways to ensure your air conditioner can properly cool your home is to clean out your HVAC vents. Any blockage can prevent airflow and cause your system to work harder. If cleaning out your vents does not help with your comfort level and energy costs, it might be time to have your air ducts cleaned by a professional.
Upgrade Your HVAC Unit
If all of the tips mentioned on this page do not help improve your energy costs or the efficiency of your system, it might be time for a replacement. Newer HVAC systems are more energy-efficient than ever before.
Please contact AirHandlers OBX for details about HVAC maintenance and replacement.