With the hot and humid summer of Savannah, Georgia, on your doorstep, there is nothing worse than the heat making its way into your home. Your HVAC system can be your hero, saving you from enduring that heat any more than necessary, but this hero can only save you if you take good care of it. Fortunately, there are plenty of DIY home maintenance tasks that will keep that Southern heat at bay. Here are three things you can do to keep your HVAC running at peak efficiency all summer.
Responsible Temperature Control
Consider programming your thermostat to give the air conditioner a break while you’re away at work. If you’re still worried about coming home to a wave of stuffy heat, program the thermostat to begin cooling the house down while you’re on your evening commute. This will save you money and keep the system running efficiently.
Maintain Good Air Quality
Indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency are linked. A dirty home or HVAC system leads to less efficiency and more wear on your system. Keeping your home (especially around both the indoor and outdoor HVAC units) clean allows for better air flow. Make sure to check your HVAC filter at least once a month, and replace it if needed. A dirty, overused filter will also reduce efficiency.
If you’re looking to be a little more hands-on, you can check up on the insulation surrounding your duct network. If your ducts are under-insulated or have gaps, air could be leaking out, keeping you from enjoying some cool relief, and also forcing your system to work harder to keep up with temperature demands.
These three tasks will set you on the path to a cool summer. Preventive maintenance not only keeps you comfortable but also prevents more severe potential issues. If you have questions about HVAC maintenance, or are in need of professional HVAC services, give us a call at 877-692-9402.
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