Emerging from the cold winter months means you can stop blasting the heat and start thinking about the cooling comfort of your air conditioner. As the weather slowly warms up and you prepare to make the switch from the heater to air conditioner, there are a few things you should do first to maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency and cut down on bills.
Change the Filter
You likely have some time in between seasons when you probably aren’t running the heater or air conditioner. Use this break to get your air filters changed. Ideally, your filter should be replaced every month to maximize energy efficiency and help you save money.
Adjust the Vents
A general rule of thumb is that cool air falls and hot air rises. If your home has two stories, then you should adjust the vents around your home accordingly. This summer, close all the downstairs vents and open the ones on the second floor. As the second floor’s temperature drops, the cool treated air will settle downstairs to cool the first floor. You’ll save on your electric bill, and you won’t have to wait as long for the second floor to cool down in the afternoon.
Call for Service
Your car gets regular tune-ups, and your HVAC system needs the same preventive care. Annual tune-ups help you save money by improving the energy efficiency of your unit and prolonging the life span. The technician will look for parts that are in need of replacement to help you avoid emergency repairs later. Fans will be lubricated, connections will be tightened and the coolant level will be checked and adjusted. It will cost a little to invest in this service, but you’ll reap the rewards through the increased reliability and energy efficiency of your system.
Clean the Ducts
Your home’s forced air system can pull a good deal of dust and debris into the ducts throughout your home. Cleaning them occasionally helps ease the strain on the air conditioner by improving air flow, and it also leads to better indoor air quality. The best time to have this taken care of is during the spring, when you’re not running the air conditioner or heater on a regular basis.
Making these changes and investing in a little preventative maintenance will help you lower energy bills and prolong the life of your unit. Additionally, a home warranty from American Home Shield could help with repair or replacement costs should you find that your air conditioner just isn’t quite ready for the upcoming warmer months. Don’t get stuck sweating those high bills as well as the high temps.
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