If your house is more than a couple of years old, then you have probably noticed that the HVAC isn't quite as efficient as it used to be. Maybe your electricity bills feel a bit higher, maybe your home feels a little colder when the heater is running. In any event, there are quite a few different ways that you can increase the efficiency of your home's HVAC.
For starters, you could try dusting and cleaning some specific areas.
There are several specific hotspots that you will want to target with your cleaning efforts. Of primary concern are the filters on your heater and the condenser of your air conditioner.
You will want to clean out your furnace's filters once every few months during periods of high usage, but you might want to do so more or less frequently, depending on the instructions of your manufacturer. These filters are meant to catch dust and debris, which means that they can rapidly become very dirty while the heater is in use. In turn, this buildup of dust will reduce the efficiency of your heater and force it to use more power to deliver the same amount of heat to the rest of your home.
The condenser unit on an air conditioner is similarly problematic, but you might need to pay even more attention to your AC than you do to your heater. Since the condenser unit is often outside and heavily ventilated, there are a lot of opportunities for dust, dirt, leaves, and all sorts of debris to get inside the unit and clog it up. That buildup results in a lot of heat trapped in the air conditioner, which can make it a lot harder for your AC to actually function and send cold air into your home.
Upgrade for Efficiency
If you have particularly old HVAC systems, then you might want to consider switching over to more energy efficient options. Older units are notorious for having poor energy efficiency and the increased cost of an upgrade today could be easily offset by long-term savings in electricity bills.
The Energy Star system is a good place to start, and it will allow you to easily find systems that are efficient. It's a government program, so it isn't terribly biased towards particular companies, allowing you to get a clear picture of what kind of energy efficiency you can expect from any given appliance.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from J. P. Griffin Inc.
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