If you are unfamiliar with ways to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently, it is important that you learn a few tricks to have up your sleeve. This is particularly true for when summer comes around. Here are three things that you can do that will ensure the optimal running of your HVAC system:
1. Clean or Replace Your HVAC Filters
Throughout the year, it is a good idea to check your air conditioning filters on a monthly basis. This is particularly important during the summer when your HVAC unit will be used on a more frequent basis and when dust and pollen will be heavy in the air. When the filter gets too dirty, it will keep sufficient air from moving to and from the AC unit, which will result in your HVAC system working twice as hard to cool your home. Depending on the type of filter that you have, you can either clean it or replace it when it becomes too dirty.
2. Minimize Clutter Around the Exterior HVAC Unit
When it comes to your HVAC system, you will have an interior component as well as an exterior component. The exterior component will be exposed to all sorts of things, such as various weather elements, falling debris, etc. Anything that gets near or on this exterior unit can impact its efficiency. Therefore, it is extremely important that you keep the immediate area around the outside unit free from any type of debris and clutter. You may want to consider some type of enclosed structure or fencing it in, which will not only protect it from debris but will also hide it from view. If you opt to do this, just make sure that there is still plenty of room around the unit for adequate air movement so that there is no risk of overheating.
3. Keep Heat Away from Your Thermostat
To ensure that your thermostat does not provide any type of false reading, it is critical that you do not have it placed in direct sunlight or in any area where there are unnatural sources of heat, such as lamps, TVs, flood lights, etc., that may come into contact with it. Otherwise, the heat from these sources can cause the thermostat to assume that it is hotter than it really is and will result in the air conditioner working more and harder than necessary. If your thermostat is placed in an area where it may be receiving a false reading, you should consider having it placed in a more ideal location.
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