How Can I Be Sure My HVAC System Runs at Optimum Efficiency?
Posted On: May 1, 2020
The average home spends about $2,200 per year on energy bills, according to energystar.gov. About half of that can be attributed to heating and cooling costs. So, how can you be sure your HVAC system is running 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 during our routine preventative maintenance visits.
Outdoor AC Coil Maintenance
The outdoor unit for your air conditioner or heat pump 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 at least once annually with a hose and coil cleaning solution.
Short Pump Heating & Air provides annual coil cleanings as part of our preventative maintenance plan.
Seal & 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, crawl space, or basement, and seal any gaps with a duct sealant or foil-backed tape. Once they’re sealed, wrap them with approved insulation.
Regular Preventative HVAC Tune-Up To Improve Efficiency
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, Short Pump Heating & Air can perform a system evaluation.
If your system is over 10 years old and needs a major repair, you might consider replacing it with a newer, higher-efficiency system.