With the arrival of the summer heat, many homeowners stay indoors to enjoy the comfortable cool. Unfortunately, if they neglect their HVAC system throughout the winter, they may have trouble trying to cool their home for the first time. There are several issues that could arise when you run your A/C system constantly after a while that could cause it to not run properly. If you want to avoid being trapped in the heat, take action now to ensure your HVAC system is ready to go for the summer months ahead.
Replace the AC Filter Regularly
The filter in your HVAC system is designed to keep dust and debris from getting inside and causing problems. When you start to run the system constantly, you will need to change the filter more often to ensure it doesn’t become clogged. If you have pets, the filter may need to be changed even more often due to the extra fur and dandruff in the air. Even if a filter claims it will last three to four months, you should check it every month to ensure that it isn’t too dirty. This will keep your air clean and help to avoid system issues related to a restricted air flow.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
When you install a programmable thermostat, you will save time and ensure your space always stays comfortable. This technology allows you to choose what temperature you want your home to be at any given time and when you want the system to turn on or off. This is an ideal option for anyone who has a busy schedule and wants to make sure their home is comfortable by the time they get home every day.
Minimize the Use of Heat-Producing Appliances
You should try to avoid using appliances that produce a lot of heat, such as dishwashers, dryers, or ovens during the hottest parts of the day. It is also a good idea to avoid placing computers, televisions or lamps near your thermostat. Using these items or placing them near the thermostat causes the temperature readings to be higher that what they should really be. This can cause your A/C to run longer and harder than is really needed. Avoiding these actions will decrease your utility costs and save your system from being overworked.
Turn Your Fans On
Keeping your A/C on may seem like the best way to keep your home cool during the summer, but it is a good idea to turn floor and ceiling fans on as well. This will help you save money while keeping your home cool. Placing just a few fans around your home can reduce your energy costs by causing the A/C to run less often.
Replace Older HVAC Systems
Making repairs to an older HVAC system can help in the short-term, but if you want to save money in the long run, then you should consider replacing an old or outdated system. A cleaner, newer and more efficient system will ensure your home remains comfortable without as many repair costs.
Using the tips listed here can reduce utility costs and keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer. You can also schedule regular services and maintenance with our professionals to ensure your system is always running as efficiently as possible.