How to get the most out of your heating and cooling system.

Want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system, while keeping your utility bill in check?  Here are a few tips for improving your system’s efficiency:

Make sure your air conditioner stays on throughout the entire day.

Have you thought that by turning your AC system off when you leave the house during the day, you are ultimately going to save money? That may not be the case…  In fact, the reverse may be true. Everything in your home heats up when you turn the AC off, and that includes your carpet and walls, so when you turn the air conditioner back on, it has to work that much harder to get you back to the level of comfort you’re used to because all the heat that built up has to be taken out.

How about a better alternative? Just let your home get warmer than it might usually be when you leave the house. Put the thermostat at 85 degrees, but leave the AC on, so that at least the air is literally being “conditioned”.  Plus, you won’t be starting and stopping your AC system, which puts a lot of work on your system each time it stops and has to start again.

Try not to close off vents or doors, thus blocking air flow.

Ideally, a properly installed air conditioning system will distribute air evenly throughout your home. But if you close doors and vents, you stand to lose a lot of efficiency, because the flow of air has been disrupted. You’re also going to allow pressure to build up within the ducts, and that ultimately has the effect of causing the system to run less efficiently. The rule of thumb is not to close your vents to more than 10% of all the space that needs to be cooled in your house.

Closing doors can be a tricky situation. If you have enough room under the door for air to get out and circulate, closing the door may not be a problem. But if you don’t, or if you have shaggy carpet that blocks the bottom of the door, closing your doors may cause problems with air flow.

Check the filters and change when necessary.

This one is easy to do, and even easier to forget!  And yet, a clean, quality filter is an incredibly important factor in keeping your HVAC system running well.

Dirty filters disrupt the system and can make the inside of the air handler dirty. This has the long-term effect of significantly decreasing your entire system’s efficiency.  You’d be surprised – often, it is a clogged filter that causes damage to the HVAC system!  Click here to learn more about when to change your filters.

Perform regular maintenance.

In addition to changing your filters, it’s important to maintain your heating and air conditioning system for the hot season and again for the cooler season.  Check out our money-saving Annual Maintenance Plans to keep your heating and cooling system running properly all year long.