If there were a vote for “Most Valuable Appliance” in your home, your HVAC unit would more than likely win by a landslide. Your unit keeps you cool and comfortable even when summer’s temperatures are in the triple digits, allergy and sneeze-free in the spring and comfortably cozy in Arkansas’ sporadic, winter flurries. That is, if you follow the proper maintenance steps.
Little Filter– Big Problems
Your filter not only keeps outdoor allergens and germs where they belong (outside), but they also affect the life and functionality of your entire HVAC unit. When it’s clogged, your unit has to work harder than necessary to produce air. This means a hefty energy bill and a unit that’s prone to wearing out quickly. Be sure to change your filter every 2 months.
Location, Location, Location
Your bookshelf may be perfect for that empty space in your living room, but it’s covering an air vent, if it’s probably not worth the #HomeGoals. Just like with a blocked air filter, a blocked air vent forces your unit to overcompensate. The result? Less cool air, more zeros in your energy bill and an overworked unit.
Fans’ #1 Fan
We’re not talking about simply ceiling fans (though those are great too!). There’s a reason why your kitchen and bathroom have fans in them– take advantage of it! Your kitchen fan serves as a teammate to your HVAC unit when you’re cooking. It takes the hot air created from your oven or stove, and helps cool the room to keep your entire unit from having to do so. The same applies to your bathroom fan. It removes heat and humidity from your home and allows your air conditioning unit to rest.
Bigger Isn’t Better
It would make sense if, in order to get cooler air quicker, your need to purchase the biggest unit available, right? That’s not quite the case though. Your air conditioning pumps cool air into your home until it reaches your desired temperature, and then it shuts off until the temperatures start rising. If your unit is too large; though, it will be too powerful for your area– it will cycle on and off continually, growing your energy bill each time.
It’s Time for Change
Last but not least, simply change your thermostat settings. Instead of turning your air conditioning completely off when you leave, try raising your setting up by about 4 degrees. This saves your unit from working harder than necessary to keep a home cool with nobody in it, and in return, it saves you money.