Summer Plumbing and HVAC Tips for Your Home
Extreme heat doesn’t have to make an extreme impact on your wallet. With these simple tips, you can maximize energy efficiency, minimize costs … and cool your worries!
- Clean (if it’s reusable) or change the air filter at least once a month.
- Clear the area around your outdoor unit of vegetation by at least two feet so the unit is free to pull in air. And, don’t forget to rake away the leaves from around your unit in the fall!
- Call a professional to clear the drain. A clogged drain can lead to damage from overflows or mold issues from excessive moisture.
- Have a technician clean the outdoor condenser coil as well as remove dust and other buildup from the indoor evaporator fan. A dirty indoor fan may indicate the need to clean the indoor coil as well. This will keep your AC running efficiently.
- Seal your heating/cooling ducts and any open spaces, such as doors and windows. The less cool air that escapes your home, the less energy you’ll waste.
- Set your thermostat to around 78°. Remember, setting the AC to a colder temperature doesn’t cool down your home more quickly; it just keeps the unit working longer than necessary. As an incentive, know that you can save up to 1 percent on your yearly cooling bill every time you raise the temperature by one degree for a period of eight hours. And, setting a thermostat excessively low (below 70°) may cause the indoor unit to freeze, creating more problems.
Of course, now is the time to make sure all your HVAC systems are in tip-top shape. To increase your home’s efficiency, safeguard against potential problems, and give you peace of mind, be sure to contact your local heating/cooling professional. Give us a call 24/7 Repair Services – Call (760) 567-2811 for 24-hour phone A/C service.