How can I keep my HVAC system effecient?
Keep Filters Clean
Keeping your filters clean can shorten the cycle of your system,
therefore saving you money. In a normal condition changing
your filter once a month is sufficient.
Choose the Right Filter
Choosing the right filter can also affect
how efficient your system operates. In
temperatures above 95 degrees you need
to make sure you have a filter that is not
too restricted. The reason is in these
extreme temperatures your evaporator coil
(inside coil) needs to move a lot of air
across it to keep up with the heat and humidity
entering your home. A filter
that is too restricted will cause your system
to run longer than it needs to or in some
cases may even freeze up your system. We
normally recommend buying the cheap filters
and changing them more often. There
are also many good allergy filters on the
market. What to watch for is the thickness
of these type filters. Normally if
you can hold the filter up to a bright light
and can barely see through it, it will probably
cause too much restriction on your system.
Clean Condenser Coils
Clean condenser coils (outside coil) also
makes your system run so much more efficient. This
is where the heat inside your house is released. If
the condenser coil is dirty much of the heat
will be cycled back into your home and will
also cause your compressor to run much harder
and sometimes causing the valves in your
compressor to go bad. Cleaning your
coils can be done with a normal spray nozzle. (Too
much pressure can cause damage to your coils).
Using a programmable thermostat
can save you hundreds of dollars over a period
of a year. Raising the temperature during the summer and lowering the temperature
during the winter of your house by 2 degrees when your not there can make a big
difference in your utility bill. (TXU says one degree raised or lowered can
save you up to $50 a month).
We recommend having an HVAC company to do a tune-up in the summer and winter. This keeps your system running at the maximum efficiency and lengthens the life of your system.