Keeping a home cool is an expensive affair that requires an HVAC system to be in tip-top shape. Regular maintenance of the many mechanical and electrical components that make up an HVAC system is needed to provide not only comfort but also cost-saving options for homeowners. Comfort is gained when the AC removes excess humidity and cools the indoor air. An HVAC pro can service the AC system leading to high cooling efficiency and low energy costs. This article reviews some useful cooling system maintenance tricks for homeowners.
Inspect Blocked Air Dampers -- Most modern AC units have air valves that regulate the flow of air into the home. The valves are invisible because they are inside the central AC ductwork. An HVAC expert can disassemble the system to access the air dampers. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast, you can try adjusting knobs or handles that are attached to the exterior of the ductwork, which can help to open blocked valves. If this option does not work, then call your AC technician to check and repair the unit and allow for free flow of air into the air conditioner. Furthermore, when the ductwork is clogged or has holes, you might experience high leakage of air, which leads to low AC efficiency.
Air Filter -- One way to measure the effectiveness of a properly functioning HVAC system is the functioning of its air filter. A filter is located between the AC's central air intake and the return vent. Its function is to prevent dust, debris, pollen, and other particulate matter from entering the AC unit. Therefore, the air that enters the system is free of particles that might damage the system. Industry experts recommend that you change the filter after every six months. The reason for the swap is that air filters can be overworked during fall and spring when the air is saturated with debris and particles.
Smart Thermostat -- AC units consume excess energy when operating full time. HVAC technicians recommend that thermostats should be tweaked to 'auto' setting or standby mode so that they don't run 24/7. After a home has attained the desired temperature, the automatic setting of the thermostat will trigger the AC to shut off until another cooling cycle is activated. Another advantage of a thermostat is that when the AC is eliminated from the indoor air, the standby mode helps the moisture to evaporate slowly rather than being recycled into the house causing more discomfort. Some thermostats have motion sensors to detect the presence of people in the home before activating the AC.