A HVAC system is great, but only if it works efficiently. They can be costly to fix and make you and your family uncomfortable if you system is not running well. Follow these helpful tips on dealing with your HVAC system.
Know what you need before you hire a contractor. Providing you with an accurate estimate over the telephone may be difficult to impossible is they can’t see the system you have. They need to come look at the unit. You need to know this before you begin.
Clean the debris from outside units often. Your HVAC system may run into problems after storms if it is surrounded by debris. It may even overheat, which can ruin your system.
When spring rolls around, give the condenser fan blades and coils a good clean. Before you begin cleaning the unit, make sure that it is unplugged. Next, remove the grill, take the blades and clean them gently, then clean the actual unit.
Fall is a hard time on HVAC units. Clean outdoor units often to remove leaves. The air needs to be unobstructed into the fan, and any blockages create performance issues for the whole system.
Some fan condensers may contain oil parts, and if yours does, ensure it is lubricated at least once per year. These ports are typically covered with caps made of metal or rubber. You should select an SAE 20 oil since it is lightweight and does not contain detergent. Be sure to use just 10 drops or so, or your system may overfill.
Make sure your HVAC unit is in the shade. It will reduce the temperature of the air going into the unit, meaning that it will not have to work as hard to cool it.
Double pane your windows to prevent drafts. You can reduce your energy costs from energy leaking out through your windows by installing window that are double-paned. This also helps keep it warm in the winter.
Having a programmable thermostat installed is a money saving idea. A thermostat that’s programmable is going to save you around ten percent on the heating and cooling costs you have to pay when you turn it back about fifteen percent for a part of the day. Also, you can find a thermostat that is controllable from a computer or smart phone.
Never let your home reach a dangerously hot temperature. Even the best air conditioners can only realistically cool your home approximately 20 degrees Farenheit. If your home become 100F or more, it will only cool off to about 80F. Depending on humidity levels, this isn’t even a safe temperature for a human body to sleep at to recover from summer heat.
It is possible for air conditioners to ice over. Freezes also occur in your drain line. These freezes are easily confused as leaks to the untrained eye. If you see this, immediately put your thermostat on the fan setting to turn off your compressor. This problem will need to be handled by a professional, even though the fan will probably help with the ice situation.
If you want to live comfortably, your HVAC has to be in good working condition. If you don’t properly maintain it, then your home is not a good place to be. Using the tips here will help keep your HVAC system working correctly.