Maintaining your HVAC system
There are things the homeowner can do to prolong the life
of the equipment and save on utility expenses.
- Make sure you have a clean filter. Remember to inspect
the filter monthly and change it when dirty. Always have several on hand.
- Don't store combustible materials in your furnace
These things you can do but it is still important to have your
system inspected semi-annually (spring/fall) by a licensed service company to be
sure the refrigerant charge is correct, the wires are in good shape, and the
electrical components are operating within factory specifications. We
offer competitively priced service agreements for requirement.
- Consider getting a digital setback thermostat. You
can save energy by programming the temperature set point where the system
doesn't run so much while you are at work.
- The outside unit needs to be free of dirt, leaves,
grass, and whatever else may inhibit proper airflow across the coil. Once
a month you should inspect the outdoor coil and wash it if necessary. Turn
the power off to the unit at the disconnect switch mounted on the wall next
to the A/C. If there is not one, turn off the breaker. Take a water hose
and rinse the coil free of dirt and lint. Remember to turn the power back
- Remember that turning the thermostat down farther
does not make it cool down faster.
The following links are informative. Links should open a
Indoor Air Quality
Insulating Your Home
Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Understanding Heat Transfer and Insulation
Ventilation Your Home