Getting the Most Out of Your HVAC System
For nearly half the year, your HVAC system plays an essential role in the livability of your home. While the comfort it delivers makes living along the Treasure Coast bearable, it exacts a price in high electric bills. But with a little time and effort, you might be able to have the same comfort for a lot less by:
Lowering the Cooling Load
It’s no secret that energy efficient homes need far less cooling to maintain comfort. They have more attic insulation, far fewer air leaks, and windows that block the sun’s heat. You might be able to save energy and money by improving any of these factors.
A licensed energy auditor or heating and cooling contractor can perform an energy audit to see where you’re gaining heat indoors. They use blower doors and thermographic cameras to detect air leakage and heat transfer. Once you know where your home’s weaknesses are, you can go forward with a plan to boost its efficiency.
Keeping your HVAC system clean and professionally maintained improves its efficiency. Keeping a supply of new air filters on hand will make it easier to check and change it. Dirty filters are the most common cause of high energy bills and preventable breakdowns. The dirt slows the airflow through the air handler and increases the system’s running time. The outdoor condenser requires periodic cleaning, as well. Hose it off gently to keep the coils clean and keep objects and vegetation away from the unit.
Besides this do-it-yourself maintenance, the system requires professional attention annually. The licensed technician will deep clean and adjust all the system’s components, bringing the equipment back to its original condition as much as possible. The technician will measure the electrical flow through the components and check the refrigerant levels, both of which affect system efficiency.
All HVAC systems respond to a lighter cooling load and routine maintenance with lower energy consumption and increased comfort. To learn more, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating, providing trusted services for homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties.