Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips for Your Air Conditioner and Furnace
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Helpful Tips for your Air Conditioner

  • Change filters regularly! Dirty filters reduce air flow. If there is a reduction in air flow, the unit’s efficiency will be decreased, which then makes your utility bills increase. Plus, dirty filters can even damage your unit, so why take the chance?
  • DO NOT use pleated air filters because they block too much air and act similar to a dirty filter. REMEMBER - the purpose of a filter is to protect the equipment. If you want something to clean your air for health or comfort reasons, consider an electronic air cleaner or air purifier.
  • Keep the coils clean! Dirty coils (both the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condensing coil) block airflow and significantly reduce efficiency. If your outdoor condensing unit is dirty, wash it down with a garden hose (don’t worry, it’s designed to be outside, so the water won’t hurt it – just make sure that you do not bend or damage the coils with high pressure washers). NOTE: It’s best to have indoor coils cleaned by a skilled technician during a routine maintenance.
  • Do not put things on top of the unit! Most air conditioners suck air in through the sides of the unit and discharge the hot air vertically. Some units require up to 15 feet of vertical clearance. If there is something on top of the unit, the hot air gets stuck.
  • Be careful when doing yard work! For example, when mowing the lawn, direct the mower away from the unit; a coil blocked with grass clippings and debris drastically reduces efficiency. (Also, be careful when using a weed-whacker near the unit.)
  • Be considerate of the technician’s job! Try to keep the area surrounding the unit clutter-free. Avoid using the immediate area surrounding the unit as a garden or toy zone because the technician will need space to both access the unit and place tools.
  • Have a Routine Maintenance Plan! Just like the annual dental check-ups and regular oil changes, routine maintenance for your air conditioning will help prevent breakdowns, extend the life of your equipment, and maintain peak efficiency.
  • Try a set-back thermostat to reduce energy bills! Why pay for air conditioning when you are not home? A programmable thermostat can reduce your energy bill by between 10-20%.
  • Don’t block registers! It may sound obvious, but many people – while trying to maximize room space – will accidentally cover a floor register. If there is a box or pile of clothes covering the floor register, it’s going to be anti-efficient as far as air output.

Tips for your Furnace

  • Change filters regularly! Dirty filters reduce air flow. If there is a reduction in air flow, the unit’s efficiency will be decreased, which then makes your utility bills increase. Plus, dirty filters can even damage your unit, so why take the chance?
  • DO NOT use pleated air filters because they block too much air and act similar to a dirty filter. REMEMBER - the purpose of a filter is to protect the equipment. If you want something to clean your air for health or comfort reasons, consider an electronic air cleaner or air purifier.
  • Have a Routine Maintenance Plan! Just like the annual dental check-ups and regular oil changes, routine maintenance for your air conditioning will help prevent breakdowns, extend the life of your equipment, and maintain peak efficiency.
  • Try a programmable thermostat to reduce energy bills! Why pay for heat when you are not home? By using a programmable thermostat, you can reduce your energy bill by between 10-20%.
  • Set your thermostat accurately! Don't set the thermostat higher than you actually want it. It won't heat your home any faster, and it will keep your furnace running longer than necessary.
  • Invest in a whole-house attic fan! For the hot months of summer, this device pushes hot air out through attic vents, lowering the temperature throughout your home about five degrees in less than ten minutes. [NOTE: Attic fans cost less than $1.00 per day to operate.]
  • Open All Registers! If you have a forced-air furnace, do NOT close heat registers in unused rooms. Your furnace is designed to heat a specific square footage of space and can't sense a register is closed - it will continue working at the same pace. Additionally, the cold air from unheated rooms can escape into the rest of the house, reducing the effectiveness of all your insulating and weatherizing.
  • Check for Leaks! Put air where you need it, not in the furnace room. Use your hand to feel for leaks around and above the furnace- you may be surprised what you find. Buy a roll of metal tape from your local hardware store (not duct tape - it dries up and doesn't stick very long). After wiping off any dust, seal the leak with the metal tape.