Is saving money at the top of your resolutions for 2019? If so, the first place to start is with your HVAC system.
Why? Well, heating and cooling your home accounts for 48% of your monthly utility bills. So keeping your HVAC systems energy-efficient = big savings throughout the year.
We’ll share 4 quick tips to keep your HVAC system running in tip-top shape for all of 2019.
Fix #1: Change your HVAC filter regularly
HVAC filters keep the air in your home clean, and it’s important to change it regularly to cut down on allergens, dust and outside pollutants.
How often you should change your filter depends on a few different factors*:
- the average indoor air quality
- if there dogs and/or cats are in the home (and how many)
- the number of people occupying the home, and
- the level of air pollution and construction outside of the home
Here are some recommendations to help you determine how often to change your HVAC filter:
- Every 6-12 months: Vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies
- Every 90 days: Average 2,300 square foot suburban home with a single occupant and no pets
- Every 60 days: Average 2,300 square foot suburban home with either one cat or one dog
- 20-45 days: Add more than one pet or anyone who has allergies
*These recommendations are based on typical fiberglass, low-MERV filters. If your filters are MERV 5 or higher, you may need to change your filter more frequently.
Fix #2: Clear the area around your A/C unit
For your HVAC system to work correctly, it needs to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside properly. So, you should periodically inspect your outdoor A/C unit for leaves, grass clippings and other rubble.
You can remove large debris by hand and then spray down the unit’s coils with a garden hose to remove coated dust and dirt.
Never put anything directly on top of or around the unit because it can cause damage and decrease its efficiency. Experts recommend leaving at least two-feet clearance around the outside HVAC unit and five feet above it so it can run as efficiently as possible.
Fix #3: Seal your ducts, windows and doors
Your ducts are culprits for energy loss when running your A/C or furnace. According to Energy.gov, most homes lose 20-30% of conditioned air to leaks in duct work. Windows and door jambs are two more places where climate-controlled air can escape outside your home.
The solution? Have a professional inspect and seal these leaks to prevent your HVAC system from working harder than it should.
Bonus Fix #4: Arrange for annual inspections
Preventative maintenance is less expensive than a problematic HVAC system. Even if it’s been working fine, you should still have a heating and cooling expert inspect your HVAC system annually. This ensures all your equipment and components are operating as intended.
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And don’t stop there–consider our 365 Comfort Club Maintenance Plan to keep your HVAC system running more efficient for longer, all while extending your warranty.