HVAC system's efficiency

5 Ways Routine Maintenance Will Raise My HVAC System's Efficiency

Sufficient care of an HVAC system is the key to maintaining efficiency, which affects how well your system works and how much it costs you every month in utility payments. Homeowners in Beaumont, Texas, can raise their HVAC system's efficiency by following some simple maintenance guidelines.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned

Keeping an HVAC system's duct network clean is one of the most significant keys to raising a system's efficiency. Despite a filter's best efforts, dust and other allergens collect within duct systems. Not only is this detrimental to a home's air quality, it also lowers the efficiency of the system. When things build up in the duct system, it forces the system to work harder. This expends even more energy as well as decreases the life of the system as a result of the extra effort.

Duct cleaning should be done by professionals every three to ten years, depending on the state of the ducts.

Keep Your Home Clean

On a similar note, the cleanliness of your home also plays an important factor in HVAC efficiency. This is a maintenance task in which you can take part. Keep heat registers and vents clean from dust that accumulates over time. Just as in the actual duct system, even dust on vents and registers will force the system to work harder to provide comfort. Also, keep the area around your HVAC unit clean from dust and debris. Especially pay attention to outdoor units that can more easily become hindered by dirt and debris.

Change Air Filters

This maintenance task can be conducted either by yourself or with professional assistance. As a general note, if you're wondering whether or not you should conduct a certain maintenance task, don't take the risk and give us a call.

Air filters are an essential aspect of healthy air quality and HVAC efficiency. Just like ducts and vents, filters accumulate the dust and allergens that they are working to keep out of your home. When filters get clogged, they can inhibit airflow and become yet another factor in forcing the system work harder than necessary. Filters should be checked at least once a month and replaced if necessary.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you don't have one already, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Think how much energy your HVAC system uses while you are away, keeping your home comfortable when no one is there. With a programmable thermostat, you can program certain temperatures to be maintained at certain parts of the day. For example, you could set the heat to turn down while you're at work and then program it to start warming things up while you're on the way home. You'll be just as comfortable, but you'll be saving both energy and money.

Have Technicians Look at Your System

When it comes to raising HVAC system efficiency, routine maintenance cannot be stressed enough. This includes more than just changing air filters, cleaning ducts, and installing thermostats. A whole host of issues can arise within an HVAC unit, including wiring issues, corrosion, faulty parts, leaky ducts, and many more that you simply can't address on your own. When one part of an HVAC system begins to deteriorate, the other parts begin to suffer as well. A deteriorating system may be the greatest enemy to efficiency.

Our professional technicians will do anything from changing faulty parts, cleaning dirty ones, and even tuning up the entire system in the spring and fall. If there's ever an issue, our team will be on it. The cost to conduct routine maintenance is well worth avoiding the spike in utility costs that will come at a result of operating an inefficient system.

HVAC maintenance is key to having an efficient system. With just a few simple tasks, you could be saving more in utility costs than you may expect. If you have any further questions concerning HVAC maintenance, or need maintenance conducted on your system, give us a call at 866-797-1535.

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How to Lower Your Winter Electric Bill

The winters might be mild in Nederland, Texas, but that doesn't mean you should have to pay a lot during the winter to stay comfortable. With a few tips and tricks, you can keep warm and lower your winter electric bill at the same time.

Keep Winter Outside

There are several things you can do to keep the cold weather from seeping into your home without spending a lot of money.

  • Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal cracks and spaces around the doors and windows of your house. Make sure to remove old and cracked sealants from earlier years and replace with new ones.
  • Close your drapes and blinds at night and any time the sun isn't shining directly on the windows.
  • Check the insulation around your home. It's meant to keep warm air inside, but poor insulation around the floors and crawl spaces can let cold air in, too.

Use Your Heater More Efficiently

It sounds simple to use your heater less, but there's no reason to shiver and shake to save a few dollars, either.

  • Lower your thermostat to between 68 and 70 degrees during the winter.
  • Wear an extra layer of clothing and take advantage of the sweater weather while you're at home.
  • Make sure your ceiling fans are spinning clockwise to help move the warmer air through your home.
  • Install a programmable thermostat so you can preset the best temperature for your family based on the time of day and whether you're home or not.
  • Check to make sure your vents aren't blocked. If furniture is in the way, move it so that the air can flow freely.
  • Check your filters each month, and change them at least every 90 days.
  • Schedule maintenance for your HVAC system at least once a year to make sure everything is in good working condition.

It doesn't take much to see big energy savings during the winter. If you'd like to schedule your yearly maintenance or discuss more energy-efficient heating options for your home, contact us here at Thermacon at 866-797-1535.

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