Nothing is worse than your HVAC systems going out on a bitterly cold day or a sweltering hot day. Learning about the topic means being able to make decisions down the road. You should continue reading if that is your goal.
Clean your condenser’s fan blades and coils come spring. If you are doing more than a light surface cleaning, make sure that the power is shut off to the HVAC unit. Remove leaves and debris from the outdoor unit.
Make sure your condenser fan is in good working order by wiping down the fan blades and the coils. For safety, always turn the power off first. Then, remove the grill, then remove the blades and begin the cleaning process of the blades and the unit.
Your HVAC unit may suffer when trees start to lose their leaves. When you notice your trees shedding, frequently clean your unit’s fan grill. You can head off future problems that can be caused by blockages by making sure there is a free flow of air to your fan.
Lubricate your fan condenser at least once a year. These ports have a metal covering. Sometimes it is rubber. Get an oil that is SAE 20 and put about 10 drops into each port, but don’t overfill it.
It’s a good idea to put your outdoor compressor in a shady area. The cooler the air that the unit is able to access, the less work it has to perform.
In order for your new unit to be as efficient as possible, or to make older units more efficient, make sure it’s put in a shaded area. It will help you save on your energy bill when you do this.
Your HVAC unit requires regular maintenance at least two times per each year. The normally recommended time for HVAC system inspections is once before the peak cooling season when it gets hot and you’ll be using your AC, and once before the peak heating season, during the cold months when you’re likely to be using your heat. Even if nothing seems wrong, checking it out can help you find and fix potential issues.
If possible, your single pane windows should be replaced with double-paned ones. Having double pane windows allows your air conditioning unit to be run much less during the summer, because the cool air is kept inside the home. Likewise, heat is better retained during the winter.
Install a thermostat you can program to save money on cooling your home. It may save you as much as 10 percent of your overall utility bill if you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for a portion of the day. Some newer programmable thermostats have computerized controls you can access from your personal computer, laptop or mobile media device.
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