The level of comfort experienced within a home has a great deal to do with the temperature that it maintains. This means that it is of utmost importance your HVAC system is constantly checked and you ensure it is properly working. Homeowners who don’t care for their HVAC system soon regret their choice when negligence turns simple maintenance into expensive repairs. Here are some suggestions to help you out.
When purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, be sure it is energy efficient. These days, most new HVAC systems are energy efficient there is a energy star label on the equipment. However, to be sure your utility costs do not go through the roof, choose equipment that is energy efficient.
If you must hire someone to help you out with your HVAC system, be sure to learn about all of the requirements your state has legislated regarding licencing and insurance. If they meet these requirements before you hire them, you need to be able to ask anyone you plan to hire.
Make sure you ask for an estimate in writing before choosing a specific HVAC vendor. There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to purchasing these big items. Also the set up and the overall energy costs, even though you’ll want to compare not only the cost of the equipment.
When you have an outdoor unit, be sure to keep all plants, flowers, shrubs and trees at least two feet from it. Anything that grows inside it, either above the ground or even roots beneath the soil, can block it up and cause it to break. Give it some breathing room.
Avoid showering your outdoor unit with grass clippings when you mow the lawn. When you work with your lawn mower, make sure it spits the grass to the side opposite of your unit. This also applies to blowing leaves or moving debris. Just be careful with that exterior HVAC unit.
During the fall, leaves can gather around your HVAC. Cleaning your unit is very important for its effectiveness. The fan needs unobstructed air flow, and if debris is blocking this air flow, then your system could suffer.
Keep your condensers free of nearby obstructions. Keepfencing and plants, even bushes back and away from the unit. The more space you give it to breathe, the better it will work and the less likely it will be to fail, even though two feet is a good minimum distance it should have from anything, including walls.
Looking for an efficient way to cool your home? Consider installing a whole-house evaporative cooler. They use water to cool air instead of traditional chemical coolants, using a ton less energy to cool your home than those other units. That said, they do work best in dry climates and not at all in humid ones.
Installing a whole-house fan can either cool your home without the use of air conditioning or make your air conditioner more efficient. It blows out all of the hot air which collects in your attic, and this air flow draws in cool air from your basement and up into your home.
Do not close your vents. Keep air vents open and unblocked at all times. Many people believe that closing off a vent will save them money on cooling costs. This is not true. It can actually damage your HVAC system. Closing vents can cause your cooling coil to damage and freeze the compressor.
Now you know how to keep your HVAC system in great shape. Be sure to stay on top of your maintenance work. Use what you’ve learned to keep your system up and running.