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According to information from the US Department of Energy, cooling and heating bills can make up more than 50% of a homeowner’s utility expenses. Although fall is approaching, it’s important to make sure the home’s HVAC unit is up to the task. The below tips can help customers improve a system’s efficiency and control expenses.
Clean Around the Condenser Unit
An outdoor unit will work more efficiently if it’s cleared of leaves, dirt, and other debris. While homeowners can clear away leaves, branches, and other things from the exterior of the unit, an in-depth internal cleaning should be done by an Air Conditioning Repair expert.
Vacuum Indoor Vents and Keep Them Unblocked
Homeowners can remove dust and debris from indoor registers to maintain airflow. It’s also a good idea to keep items such as furniture, toys, and blinds away from these vents. Not only can it help the homeowner save money on their heating and cooling bills, it can keep the inside of the home cleaner as well.
Turn the Thermostat Up
In most cases, adjusting the thermostat by five to eight degrees down in the winter and up in the summer can help customers save energy and money. When an Air Conditioning Repair expert installs a programmable thermostat, the owner can adjust the indoor temperature for different times of the day or when they’re not at home.
Avoid Using the Oven and the Dryer at Certain Times
These heat-producing appliances should not be used during the hottest parts of the day. Running the clothes dryer will pull warm air into the home and using the oven will do the same thing, causing the HVAC unit to work harder to cool or heat the home.
Insulate Exposed Ductwork
An Air Conditioning Repair contractor can ensure that ductwork is correctly sealed to hold in the heated or cooled air. The tech can fix visible leaks with special duct-sealing tape, and they can check the ductwork during each maintenance visit. With insulation and tape, a homeowner can maintain his or her Air Conditioning Repair, HVAC, Heating and Cooling investment without spending a lot of money.
Homeowners can use these helpful tips along with regular HVAC maintenance to save money and decrease the chances of serious problems with the system. It’s a good idea to have these systems checked once per year to ensure that they’re ready to go when hot or cool weather comes around.
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