Getting the most out of your heating and air conditioning system can include running it as efficiently as possible. While these tips may not always improve the HVAC system's ability to heat or cool, it will reduce the amount of money it takes to do so.
Tip #1: Vacuum Air Intakes
Depending on the HVAC system and ductwork in place, many homes will have special large openings where the air flows into the ductwork before going to the air conditioner for cooling. Making sure these air intakes are clear of dust and dirt that can hinder the passage of air is important. A quick vacuuming is often all that's required.
Tip #2: Clear the Area around the Condenser Unit
An air conditioner's condenser unit will run at its best when no obstructions or debris are preventing the proper flow of air around the unit. Since most condensers are outside, it's easy for dirt, leaves and other debris to restrict air flow.
Tip #3: Install a Programmable Thermostat
There's no point in running the air conditioner at full blast when no one is home or awake to enjoy the cool air. During times where the air conditioner doesn't need to be running at full capacity, have the thermostat set to a higher temperature to delay when the compressor kicks in. A programmable thermostat is one way to do this automatically.
Tip #4: Use Fans
Fans don't actually lower the temperature of the air, but they can improve the circulation. This helps the air conditioner more efficiently cool the home by avoiding cold and hot spots, as well as making it feel cooler inside, which in turn may result in using the air conditioner a little less.
With the summer season arriving soon, improving your heating and air conditioning system should be a priority. It's a great way to save money! For more ways on how to do this, contact our expert team at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning and we'll be happy to provide additional information.