We’ve all struggled with heating and cooling our homes during crazy weather. However, when you’re starting to notice that you can never get an even temperature in your home no matter what, it might be time to think about ways to make your system start working for you. Keeping your HVAC system updated with one hour air is always a good move, but if you really want to create a better home environment and lower your home heating bills each month, you’ll need to start doing a bit more of the heavy lifting around the house. Whether you’re already taking care of your system by doing the right maintenance or have been slacking off in the home improvement department, there are a few things any homeowner should know about making their home run that much more smoothly with a bare minimum of upkeep. As long as you’re doing something more than dusting off your A/C unit to help your HVAC system run, you’re probably doing okay. But just in case, here are a few tips to try out to help your system run more smoothly for longer.
Replace Your Filter
Your HVAC unit filters in air from the outside to cool and heat your home. It also brings in a ton of dust, dirt, and other gross stuff that you don’t want clogging up the air you breathe. Luckily, your HVAC unit comes with a filter that you can easily refill every few months. It doesn’t take long and you don’t even have to clean it. All you have to do is replace your old filter with a new one and you’re good to go. Not only will this help your unit function, it will help you breathe cleaner air and avoid letting any airborne allergens or bacteria into your home.
Don’t Ignore Weird Sounds
Unfortunately, when it comes to hearing sounds that definitely don’t sound right, our first instinct is to ignore it and move on with our lives as if that would make the problem go away. Even more unfortunately, most of us have already dealt with a disastrous situation that proves just how foolish, and even dangerous, this kind of thinking is. If you hear any kind of odd sound in your AC unit, such as clanging, wheezing, banging, or a high-pitched squeal, all is not right and you need to get a professional involved. Never assume the problem is going to go away on its own. Chances are, it’s only going to get worse the longer you ignore it. So don’t tempt fate: Pick up that phone!
Call a Professional for a Checkup
Speaking of the professionals, it’s a good rule of thumb to not depend on your HVAC technician only in times of crisis. While many of us assume that the only time to call a repair person is when something breaks, it’s actually way better to get someone in to check on your machine when everything is running smoothly in order to do preventative maintenance. Waiting until an issue comes up can expose your home to danger and damage your system while catching a problem in an early stage can actually help you protect your home and your investment. Even if your HVAC technician just comes in to check that everything’s running smoothly, they’ll probably be able to do some minor tweaks to help your system cool and heat your home more efficiently in the process.
While it’s not the most efficient move to leave your AC or heat running all day, keeping your temperatures consistent can actually help conserve energy in the long run. When it’s hot outside, keeping your AC unit at a slightly higher heat, in the high 70s or so, will allow your machine to cool things down by degrees. Turning your unit on and off actually consumes a ton of energy, so keeping things at a more moderate temperature can be key. The same goes for heating. Keeping your thermostat set to 68 degrees is a good way to see savings according to a number of recent studies.
Clear the Outside Area
You might not think to go outside to help your HVAC unit run better, but if you have a unit that’s easily accessible from the outside of the house, it’s time to start. If you can get to the back of your AC unit or pump, you can periodically clear out some of the debris, such as dirt, fallen leaves, and tree branches, that might be getting in the way of your unit functioning at its best. While you’re at it, try cleaning your unit’s drain by pouring in a bit of diluted bleach every few months. This will help discourage condensation buildup.