Summer is here and air conditioning units are hard at work. Even new systems require maintenance to help keep energy costs low and to increase the life of your HVAC system. Simple habits can help avoid the risk of your air conditioner malfunctioning or breaking down in the heat of summer. To ensure that your unit is ready to keep you cool this summer, check out these tips.
- It all starts with the filter. It’s truly important to change your filter at the beginning of the season, as well as throughout the season. Set a calendar alarm for the 1st of each month to help you remember. This will help increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and help keep extra money in your wallet.
- Don’t overwork your HVAC system unnecessarily. Keep your blinds down or curtains drawn during the work day. This will prevent to sun from warming up outer rooms. Also, keep a ceiling fan or floor fan running to increase air circulate. This makes cooling more effective.
- Yes, shut the door of a room that is rarely used, like a spare bedroom. But if you keep too many interior doors closed, it will disrupt the air flow in the home. Keep doors open or slightly opened so cool air can continuously circulate. Or simply shut the air duct register just a little. This will help zone off the room.
- Insulating an attic or crawl space is more of a time-consuming task but it will make a stupendous impact on summer and winter energy bills. A common form of DIY insulation is spray foam and it is a fairly simple task to complete. Tightly sealing these spaces in your home will prevent your heated or cooled air from escaping your home.