4 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your HVAC System
Summer has arrived in Southern California, which means hot days and high energy bills. But don’t lose your cool just yet.
Yes, your HVAC system usually accounts for almost half of your home’s energy costs, there are things you can do to help it run more efficiently. Keep your home cool and your wallet happy with these tips:
Change the Filter
The easiest way to extend the life of your HVAC system and increase savings on your utility bill is by changing your air filter regularly. In fact, a dirty filter can cost you more money because your system requires more energy to push the air through. Typically, we recommend that customers change their air filters at least quarterly, or monthly during the warmer months. Check your filter for a build up of dust and dirt every 30-60 days, especially when you run your unit consistently.
Clean the Coils
Located on your outdoor unit, the coils make your system run efficiently. A dirty coil can limit how well your system heats or cools your home. Your outdoor unit’s fan not only pulls warm air over the coils, it also collects dirt and debris when not cleaned regularly. Coils that are free of dirt and debris can keep your system running smoothly with less energy. Lastly, you can prevent a build up of dirt and debris on the outdoor unit by trimming back plants, trees, and foliage.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Not only does routine maintenance help your unit run efficiently throughout the year, but it also extends the life of your system. At Alps, we recommend maintenance twice a year – in the spring and fall- through our tune-up special. Regular maintenance allows our technicians to assess your system for broken parts that are prohibiting your unit from running efficiently.
Program the Thermostat
One way to save money on future utility bills is by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. We recommend setting your temperature 10 to 15 degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter for at least 8 hours a day. This simple adjustment can save you up to 15 percent annually on utility costs. The benefit of a having a programmable is the flexibility of scheduling different temperature intervals while you’re at home and away.
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