It cant be said enough. Springtime is the best time to make sure your air conditioner is running properly. You don’t want to wait until summer hits to know if your system up to the task. And not just working, but working its best so your electric bill isn’t higher than it needs to be. Fortunately, it’s not too late to have your air conditioner professionally maintained in time for summer. It’s a great idea and here is why:
Remember last summer?
Summer is approaching, and temperatures are rising. You probably haven’t thought about your air conditioner since the last time you ran it but now is the time to take action to make sure it won’t let you down when the time comes. Here are some things you can do to make sure your air conditioner is working smoothly.
1. Change your filters. This one is pretty straight forward and inexpensive. Like the air filter in your car, the air filter in your home needs regular replacement.
Did you know that nearly half of your home’s energy costs are from heating and cooling? Right now the most efficient temperature control methods are provided by smart thermostats also known as wireless thermostats. These smart thermostats offer better controls over your heating and cooling and that saves you money on your electricity bill. Additionally, a smart thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity offers many perks over a traditional thermostat.
Here are some ways that switching to a wireless smart thermostat can benefit you and your home:
Save Money on Your Electric Bill with a Wireless Smart Thermostat
This is a big one.
Knowing Heating and Cooling Basics
When it comes to whole-home comfort, understanding heating and cooling equipment can be complicated. At Bryant, we make it simple. Just like our dealers have the tools to provide you with whole-home comfort, we want to give you the tools to make the right choices. And it starts with learning the basics.
Types of Systems
Central Heating and Cooling Systems produce warm or cool air in one central area and distribute it throughout your home.
Forced Air Heating units and other carbon monoxide-emitting home appliances should be properly maintained to avoid the deadly threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Have your natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a licensed HVAC / heating and air conditioning contractor
It is wise to have a professional furnace repair specialist perform regular maintenance on your home furnace. Once a year, whether you have used it or not. You want to ensure that it functions safely and efficiently throughout the colder months. Find the type of furnace you have from the following types of furnaces to see the specific safety tips:
Keep a clean perimeter around your air conditioner / HVAC equipment.
When a condenser unit gets dirty it can force your compressor to work harder than it needs to, which leads to an increased energy consumption by as much as 30 percent. You will also want to keep grass from your mower and mud from storm runoff from splashing into the condenser unit. Your best bet on the perimeter is to surround the pad on which the AC Unit sits with a gravel border, add rain gutters around your home to channel water away from your AC unit.
Planning your plants.
A small fence or a hedge is a good way to hide an AC unit, but make sure the hedge doesn’t grow into the condenser. It is also wise to prevent a buildup of falling leaves, which can impede and damage the fan and compressor. When planting around your AC compressor choose trees that will not drop leaves during the winter, such as evergreen trees, oak trees, and beech trees. (Check with a local gardening center for advice.)
Put it in the shade.
When Installing the A/C unit, ask your installer to find the ideal location where it will be out of the hot sun. A cooler location will be more efficient and will extend the life of your Air Conditioner. In fact, shading both your house and the HVAC compressor is the most cost-effective way to reduce solar heat radiation on and in your home, and reduce your air conditioning bill, according to the Department of Energy.
Let it your AC Condenser unit breathe.
The air conditioner condenser needs enough airflow around it to work correctly. Make sure, when planting your landscaping or placing structures next to the compressor, you leave at least 2 to 3 feet of space between the HVAC unit and the plants. You need to keep in mind that planting too close may restrict the Air Conditioner’s air flow. Always check the owner’s manual or call the installer to confirm the ideal amount of space.
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