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Maintaining HVAC Efficiency

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Cooling systems have proven to be very effective in improving human quality of life as the season and the climate change throughout the year. It gives us the right amount of coolness during the months of summer by helping us keep our cool and stay comfortable when the scorching heat of sun shines all summer long. It also keeps us warm when the snow starts falling during winter.

Cooling and heating systems continue to improve as time passes by. Modern HVAC models have more features now allowing us to enjoy optimal indoor air comfort without spending much on utilities like before. You can also customize your indoor conditions by choosing the type of HVAC system you install in your home depending on your personal taste and cooling and heating needs. It is especially important for people who love to stay indoors as they spend more time at home compared to individuals who often stay outside during most of the day.

These cooling systems, however, if left unattended, handled carelessly, or are taken for granted may malfunction and cause bigger problems to arise. They need proper care and attention because if you fail to do so, you’ll suffer from a lot of discomforts and your wallet will also feel the strain of the added expense.

  1. Buy a better filter if you haven’t already. The new high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles — even those that carry bacteria.

  2. Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.

  3. Make sure there’s at least two feet of clearance around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps.

  4. Remove debris, such as leaves, pollen, and twigs weekly during spring, summer, and fall from top and sides of outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps. Don’t allow the lawn mower to discharge grass clippings onto the unit.

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High-quality filters must be used in accordance with the type recommended for your HVAC unit, which is commonly an accordion filter. Buying cheap filters or low-quality ones can lead to more expenses in the future when the system prematurely fails and needs a repair or replacement that you may not always afford at that moment. These low-quality filters may predispose you to ailments and trigger asthmas or allergies among those who are very sensitive to dust, dirt, or pollens and this only happens to systems that are poorly maintained.

Maintenance

Having the most energy-efficient system ever built won’t matter much if it’s not maintained. Lack of maintenance is the number one killer of HVAC systems. Before each cooling season, it’s recommended that your system get a professional tune-up. However, there are things you can do in the meantime to make sure your system runs efficiently throughout the year.

1. Replace the filter: Learn your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or replacing your filters. Never run the system without the filters in place, and always let a washed filter dry completely before reinstalling it.
2. Once a month clear any leaves or debris from outdoor condensers. This is especially crucial during the summer months.
3. Clean the condenser fan blades before the start of the cooling season. Brush any dust or debris off gently and then uncover the condenser coils, gently cleaning the dirty side. Then wrap the motor and other electrical components in plastic bags and gently spray from the inside with a hose. Now check the base pan under the unit and clear it out of any debris that has gathered.

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I think we can all agree that we all want to live comfortably in a home that gives us the right amount of comfort. A good and safe home has an HVAC system that provides a more comfortable environment as it helps us deal with changes in the weather and climate pattern, especially now when we basically cannot accurately predict the weather due to climate change and global warming.

You save yourself from all the hassles brought about by an inefficient HVAC system by sticking to its upkeep schedule no matter how busy your life may become. Only then can you safely enjoy staying in your home and not be bothered by minor discomforts all the time or having to pay for frequent costly repairs or even purchase a replacement unit you still can’t afford.

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