Getting The Most of Your HVAC System

June, July, and August are filled with heat waves in Houston, which means homeowners in the area will depend on their air conditioner more than ever. Unfortunately, this can lead to a significant increase in our utility bills each month.

With a few simple tasks, you can keep your HVAC system up and running effectively, and efficiently, throughout the next few months.

Steps To Maintain Your HVAC System

Keep Up With Services

In just one season, your HVAC system can sustain minor and major wear-and-tear, affecting the effectiveness of the system.

4 Common HVAC maintenance issues:

  1. Refrigerant Leaks: If you have refrigerant leaking, your air conditioner will blow out warmer air (which is precisely what we don’t need in the middle of the summer!). If this issue continues for an extended period of time, it will end up making your condenser work much harder than it normally has to, resulting in increased wear and tear.

  2. Dirty Air Filters: If you can’t remember the last time your air filters were changed, they are most likely clogged. When your air filters are clogged or dirty, it makes it harder for your system to pull air to cool. So, if you notice a low amount of air flowing from your machine, this may be the main reason why.

  3. Drainage Problems: If you see water pooling by your system, instead of draining properly, the condensation pump is broken.

  4. Sensor Malfunctions: When your HVAC units sensor doesn’t work, your system doesn’t know when to turn on or off, making it very difficult to keep the temperature in your home consistent and comfortable.

Keeping up with scheduled tune-ups will allow your technician to find and correct any minor issues before they become bigger ones. This will help keep your system working at maximum efficiency.

Schedule An Energy Audit

Stop forcing your system to work harder, and make sure you invest in an energy audit. During an energy audit, a professional technician will assess your system and help you decide where to invest any repairs or improvements to avoid any further energy loss.

But what exactly are they looking for?

They’ll be checking your home for sufficient insulation and any air leaks around the windows and doors. It’s hard for your system to keep you comfortable if all the cool or warm air it releases is getting lost through your walls.

Try Cooling Alternatives

One way to save energy and electricity is by investing in a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule your HVAC system to operate only during times when you’re around. You can always change your heating and cooling needs in the future, where the thermostat will then reassess and adjust the temperature. This can help you save almost $200 a year on utility bills.

Another way to save is by setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal while running a ceiling fan at the same time (just make sure you’re setting the fan to turn counter-clockwise, directing hot air upward and away from the room).

Upgrade Your System

Investing in a new, Energy-Star HVAC system, can cut your heating and cooling bills by up to 60 percent. So, if your system isn’t working as efficient as before, it may be time for a replacement.

As your trusted Houston AC service team and Nextar members, we want you to be informed, comfortable, and satisfied with your choice. We operate with no surprise pricing, which means that the price we quote for the AC unit and installation is the price you will pay — no matter what. We carry some of the most trusted brands on the market, including American Standard and Lennox, so contact AirCon today!

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