Have you noticed an uptick in your utility bills lately? If so, you may want to take a look at how your HVAC system is doing.
Many homeowners don’t give a second thought to their HVAC units until they break down. Even before that happens, though, they can affect your energy costs. If an HVAC system isn’t at its best, it will work harder to make up for it.
The good news: you can solve this issue with some timely HVAC maintenance. Here are four key steps you should go through.
1. Change the Filters
According to the EPA, changing air filters regularly is the most important heating maintenance task. Doing so keeps your air cleaner, as there’ll be less dander circulating in the air. Plus, you’ll have less dusting to do.
A clogged air filter can also cause your unit to overheat and burn out. Even if this doesn’t bring about system failure, it can lead to costly maintenance. If you’re not sure which air filter to get, your best bet is to go for a MERV 8 filter.
2. Clean the Coils
HVAC coils help your system run reliably and efficiently. Cleaning the coils will lower your heating costs and improve your indoor air quality. This also helps your unit provide better airflow and achieve maximum operational efficiency.
To clean the coils, turn off your HVAC unit and remove the top of the condenser. Spray the outside unit with a hose and use a coil cleaner on the coil exterior. Wait for about 15 minutes for the foam to bond with the dirt and rinse it off with a hose.
3. Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat yet, consider getting one. Even a lower-price model can help you shave over 10 percent off your energy bills. All you need to do is adjust the temperature when the house is empty and overnight.
High-end programmable thermostats come with bonus features such as voice control. That said, installing these tends to be best left to the professionals. By comparison, installing most hardware store models can make for a nice DIY project.
4. Schedule Checkups
When it comes to HVAC care, preventive checkups are the best thing you can do for your unit. The main goal is to find and repair any issues before a breakdown occurs. This is something you should do at least once or twice a year.
During a checkup, your technician will inspect the system for wear, clear the drains, and clean the fan blades. They’ll also check the unit for mold, loose parts, and corroded wires. If necessary, they’ll add oil to the motor oil ports.
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By following these HVAC maintenance tips, your unit will remain in tip-top shape. One final tip: make sure that your outdoor unit can breathe. If you notice any plants or debris in the unit’s immediate vicinity, clear them away as soon as possible.
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