In the warmer months of the year, your air conditioner has to work full force to keep the home at a comfortable temperature. When you have a healthy HVAC system with proper maintenance, you can feel comfortable in knowing you will not have any problems. To avoid any issues, you can do some things to help reduce the strain and increase the longevity of your air conditioner.
Here are some things you can do on a regular basis to decrease the amount of work your HVAC has, especially during the hotter parts of year.
1. Increase the Thermostat When You Are Away
If you are not home in your house for a part of the day, turn the thermostat up a few degrees. Doing so will give your air conditioner a break yet still keep your home cool. Do not turn it so high that the home becomes too warm, however. This will result in the air conditioner working in overdrive to get the home cool again once you arrive home.
The easiest way to manage your thermostat is with a programmable thermostat. You can simply set the temperature to decrease and increase based on your own schedule. If you have a home internet network, you can also install a smart thermostat controlled by your phone or computer.
2. Change the Air Filters
An easy and inexpensive way to ease the strain on your air conditioner is to change or clean your air filters regularly. Most homeowners change or clean filters every few months, but you should check yours at least monthly to see if they need to be changed more often.
A dirty air filter can clog your entire HVAC system. Clogs cause the system to work harder than it should to filter the air through the home.
3. Decrease Excess Heat
When your home is warmer than your thermostat setting, your air conditioner will cycle on and remain on until the set temperature is achieved. If parts of your home are too warm, the air conditioner will stay on continuously and never reach the temperature on the thermostat. The result is a higher workload for your air conditioner.
Decreasing the excess heat in your house is one of the best ways to help ease the strain on your air conditioner. For example, keep your curtains and blinds closed during the sunniest parts of the day, and close all windows and doors when the air conditioner is running. You may even want to plan to cook when the house is at its coolest to prevent heating up the indoor temperature.
4. Update Your Insulation
If your home is older, you may want to consider updating the insulation. Good insulation allows the indoor temperature to remain at a consistent level. In addition to insulation in the attic and walls, you should also check the seals around the doors and windows. Any of these areas cause warm air to get inside.
You may also get a bonus from your energy company by updating your insulation. Many companies will give homeowners a rebate because it decreases the energy use of the home. Check with your energy company to see if you can get any rebates or rewards for your insulation update.
5. Use Your Attic Fan
If you have an attic, you should have an attic fan. An attic fan removes the extra hot air in the top of the house. This hot air can significantly increase the heat level in your home, causing your air conditioner to work extra hard. An attic fan is also good for the health of your roof, as it dries up any moisture which gets trapped in the area.
If you have any questions or concerns about your air conditioner, please contact us at Briarwood Heating & Cooling.