You’ve probably noticed that it’s been pretty hot lately. The good news is, thanks to air-conditioning, the summer is pleasant no matter how hot it gets. Your HVAC can’t do all the work by itself, however. It needs to be regularly maintained, and you need to follow a few simple steps to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Here are a few things you can do to get the most out of your HVAC unit in Gainesville, GA.
Clean around Your Outdoor Unit
It doesn’t take much for debris to accumulate on your outside condenser unit. Periodically, you should remove any twigs, leaves, and branches that gather on it and disrupt its airflow. It’s also a good idea to prune any trees and bushes that are nearby so that there’s free space surrounding the unit.
Clear Space in Front of the Vents
Make sure that nothing is blocking the indoor vents. It’s not uncommon for furniture, appliances, or toys to be moved in front of vents, so make sure this isn’t the case. Also, when vacuuming the house, be sure to vacuum away any dust accumulating on the vents.
Buy a Programmable Thermostat
One of the most important things you can do to improve the efficiency of an HVAC system is to install a programmable thermostat. With the ability to raise and lower your home’s temperature automatically, programmable thermostats can raise the temperature at night or when you’re out of the house and lower it when your home is full of people. This way you can save energy costs without sacrificing any of your family’s comfort.
People forget the cooling value of good old ceiling fans. By having ceiling fans and area fans running in rooms where there are people, you can cool off the room by as much as 5 degrees. This allows you to raise the temperature on your thermostat, thereby reducing stress on your HVAC unit while saving on your monthly energy bill. Just make sure to turn off the fans when you leave the room.
Close Your Curtains and Blinds
Keeping your blinds and curtains closed during sunny days will help to keep the heat out while insulating your home. Remember to close them before you leave for the day as well. It might not be sunny in the morning, but the sun will heat up your home whether you’re there or not.
While each one of these actions by itself may make only a small difference, cumulatively they’ll all act to make your HVAC unit and you home operate more efficiently while saving you money. If you need HVAC unit repair, maintenance, or want to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system, call Gainesville Mechanical at (770) 532-9130, serving Northern Georgia. We’re here to help!