It is easy to ignore an HVAC system until it breaks down. Of course then it becomes extremely important to fix. It can be hard to get a repairman to fix your system. The tips that follow will help you do that and much more!
Prior to choosing an HVAC customer, try to have an idea of what you want done. It is going to be hard to get a price estimate on the phone if the current system isn’t something they’ve seen. In addition, you need to be able to tell the contractor what you have already tried. Know this stuff ahead of time.
Clean the coils of your condenser fan each month. Before you clean the unit, be sure to turn off the power. The outside condenser unit should be kept free of leaves and other debris.
HVAC units may suffer when leaves are falling off the trees. Make sure the unit’s fan grill is cleaned frequently when the leaves begin to fall. The fan should have a clear path for air to come in. If it is blocked, your system will suffer.
Make sure your HVAC unit is in the shade. This will ensure cool air is sucked in, meaning less cooling must be done by the unit.
Replace single pane windows by installing double pane, if possible. To keep your home cool, investing in double pane windows is a must. It also facilitates heat retention in winter.
Install a programmable thermostat to save energy costs. In fact, you can save as much as 10 percent on both heating and cooling when you turn your thermostat by by 10-15 percent for at least 8 hours daily. Additionally, some models of programmable thermostats actually allow you to control them remotely from your office computer or cell phone.
If there isn’t anyone at home, then there’s no need for the AC unit to be running and wasting electricity. The house will heat up when it is turned off, but only a certain amount. However, leaving it on increases your electric bill and wear and tear on the system.
Hopefully, you now understand more about HVAC systems in general. These suggestions should help you in understanding your unit and how to repair or replace it. Use these tips to ensure great success.
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