How Can I Be Sure My HVAC System Operates at Optimum Efficiency?

Posted On: May 1, 2020

According to, the average home spends about $2,200 per year on energy bills. About half of that can be attributed to heating and cooling costs. So, how can you be sure your HVAC system is operating at its optimum energy efficiency?

Routine Air Filter Maintenance

Your furnace or indoor air handler will have an air filter that helps keep indoor air and your HVAC equipment clean. Basic, 1-inch filters should be replaced every month. Pleated filters should be inspected monthly, and replaced per the manufacturer’s specifications. For more sophisticated electronic filters or air purifier units, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Short Pump Heating & Air offers filter inspection and replacement on our routine preventive maintenance visits.

Outdoor Coil Maintenance

The outdoor unit for your air conditioning or heat pump system includes a large exposed coil that needs airflow to help transfer heating or cooling energy into and out of the home. Keep nearby shrubbery trimmed away from the unit, and remove any leaves or other debris that may have collected on the coil or near the base of the unit. Wash the coil on at least once annually with a hose and coil cleaning solution. Short Pump Heating and Air provides annual coil cleanings as part of its preventative maintenance plan.

Seal and Insulate Ductwork

If you have a forced-air system, you can improve your system’s efficiency by as much as 20% by sealing and insulating your ductwork. Locate exposed ductwork in your attic, crawlspace, or basement and seal any gaps with either a duct sealant or foil-backed tape. Once they are sealed, wrap them with approved insulation.

Regular Preventative HVAC System Maintenance by an HVAC Contractor

Your car needs regular tune-ups and maintenance to operate at its best, and it’s the same for your HVAC system. Contact Short Pump Heating & Air for regular “clean and check” appointments annually or semi-annually, and keep your system running efficiently.

If your utility bills are rising and you suspect your HVAC system is the culprit, contact Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 for a system evaluation. If your system is more than 10 years old and needs a major repair, you might consider replacing it with a newer, higher efficiency system.

Short Pump Heating & Air offers free estimates on HVAC system replacements, as well as no-interest financing on repairs and new air conditioning and heating system installations. 

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