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3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

Homeowners have good reason to want to get the most heating and cooling out of their HVAC equipment: these systems account for up to 48 percent of a typical household’s utility bills, notes the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, the benefit of properly maintaining an HVAC unit or upgrading to a high efficiency model isn’t only financial—though that’s certainly a big one. Following are the 3 top reasons to optimize your HVAC.

3. Sustainability: Another big incentive to optimize your HVAC equipment is the environment. The less electricity your home consumes, the lower your household’s carbon footprint. The government offers further cost savings in the form of tax credits to encourage homeowners to reduce energy dependency by boosting efficiency. These tax credits are a way for homeowners to save money while also feeling good about the decisions they’re making for their families and communities. 

2. Convenience: New or properly maintained HVAC equipment doesn’t just save money; it also makes a homeowner’s life easier, as unexpected breakdowns—and the uncomfortable indoor climates that accompany them—are less common.

1. Savings: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserts that an average homeowner can save as much as $750 every year by opting for an Energy Star HVAC system. However, homeowners do not need to replace their existing equipment to boost efficiency and save. Regular maintenance can help too. Below is an infographic The Refrigeration School developed that is a great source of information on DIY and professional HVAC maintenance.

HVAC Optimization Help

Whether your HVAC equipment is newer or older, maintenance is key to improving efficiency and extending its lifetime. Check out the infographic below and navigate around the website for tips and products that can help you optimize your HVAC system.

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Huge thanks to Kathy Jackson with The Refrigeration School for this Guest blog.

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How to Fix a Frozen Air Conditioner

Photo: Creative Commons
Photo: Creative Commons

Ever have an A/C unit freeze up? Mike’s Heating & Cooling tells you 3 possible problems – and how to fix them in “Help! My Air Conditioner is Frozen.” Number one on the list? Change your air filter! Those get easily clogged, but changing them is an easy fix.

Energy Star suggests checking air filters every month, especially in winter and summer. “If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months.” Find more tips on basic HVAC maintenance on Energy Star’s website.

 

 

9 Ways to Maintain Your HVAC & Improve Efficiency

What does a typical HVAC maintenance check-up include? A number of things that can improve your efficiency and reduce your electricity costs. That’s why it’s so important to have your unit maintenanced regularly – at least once per year.

Here’s a look at what HVAC maintenance technicians can do to maintain a unit’s efficiency and cleanliness. This check-list is brought to you by our partners at Energy Star.

  1. Check thermostat settings to make sure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable while you’re at home, and saves you energy while you’re away.
  2. Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on the motors. Bad electrical connections can make your system unsafe and can reduce the life of its most important components.
  3. Lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction in motors and lower the amount of electricity used.
  4. Inspect the condensate drain in your central AC, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If a drain gets clogged, it can cause water damage in the home and affect the humidity indoors.
  5. Check the system’s controls to ensure proper and safe operation, and check the starting cycle of the equipment to make sure it starts, runs and shuts off properly.
  6. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils, since dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home quickly, resulting in a longer-running system, higher energy costs, and a shortened lifespan for the equipment.
  7. Check your central AC’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary.
  8. Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow and improve overall comfort. Airflow problems can reduce efficiency by up to 15%!
  9. Check all gas or oil connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger. If a connection is improperly operating, it can cause a fire hazard and health problems.

What can I do?

You’re probably wondering what you can do throughout the year to lengthen the life of your system and save money on heating and air costs. Energy Star offers this tip: Inspect, clean and change your air filters once a month in your central AC, furnace and/or heat pump. Your HVAC contractor can show you how to do this.

For more, check out this video for five AC maintenance tips, from Rachel Hardy of Angie’s List. Hat tip to this article on the site! “5 Things to Know About A/C Maintenance”