How To Keep Up Your HVAC Efficiency

Posted on: 8 February 2018

Would you like to decrease your monthly utility bills? Are you hoping to reduce your reliance on both your heating and air conditioning appliances? If so, regular maintenance is the best long-term solution to an inefficient HVAC system. As your HVAC appliances get older, they are bound to become a little less productive. But, with some basic DIY maintenance, you can do your part to fight off this loss of efficiency and productivity and prevent having to call an HVAC installation company.

Remind Yourself to Perform Services

It's not always easy to remember to do even the most basic HVAC maintenance task. The biggest problem is that homeowners tend to neglect basic maintenance simply because they forget about it. So, you need to try and set up some sort of system to remind yourself when to perform basic maintenance tasks. For instance, you can put a sticker directly on your furnace where you can always write down the date of your last filter replacement.

Replace Your Filter on Time

Filter replacement is something that you can easily do yourself, but it is definitely easy to forget to do the work. The filter is usually located inside the furnace, where it is connected to the air return. So, it only takes a few minutes to change, but many people end up leaving their filter in for much longer than its lifespan. Surprisingly, many filters only have a three-month lifespan. However, some people go three years before they actually change their filter.

Clean the Condenser Unit

You should also remind yourself to regularly clean the condenser unit. The condenser unit, which you might just call the air conditioner, is a large appliance on the outside of your home. This is basically where the cold air is created.The unit has vital coils which help cool it down, transfer heat, and keep it running efficiently. These coils are on the outside of the unit and they get dirty very quickly. This is why most condenser units come with a removable cover.

Cover Your Unit

So, the most important thing to do is cover your unit whenever you aren't using it. This is particularly significant if you live somewhere that it snows during the winter. If you have never cleaned condenser calls before, don't be intimidated because the work is very simple. In fact, coils can usually be adequately cleaned with just a hose. A strong stream of water will wash the coil dirt out of the coils, and help them maintain peak efficiency.