Your HVAC system is continuously working to keep your Lenoir City, Tennessee, home cool during the summer and warm in the winter. From maintenance checks to regular cleaning, there are several simple ways to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency and decrease your energy bills. Keep reading to learn how you can keep your HVAC system working efficiently throughout the year.
Schedule a Pre-Season Checkup
Your HVAC system works year-round to keep your home comfortable despite the hot summers and freezing winters in Lenoir City. If you schedule a pre-season checkup on your system, you’ll be able to identify and repair any issues before you get into extremely hot or cold weather. You don’t want your heating system to go out in the middle of winter or your air conditioning to stop working in the summer, so get your system checked out during the more temperate times of the year.
Change Air Filters Regularly
If your air filter is full, the system has to work harder, which can prevent it from removing heat and humidity from the air and can also decrease the system’s overall efficiency. Be sure to clean or replace your air filter every one to two months, especially during the summer. A new filter can decrease your energy consumption by 5-15 percent, so something as simple as changing your air filter can greatly improve your HVAC system’s efficiency. You’ll also have less wear and tear on the unit, so it will last longer and require fewer repairs over time.
Inspect Your Ductwork
Dust and other air pollutants that float through the air naturally settle in several places in your home, including the ductwork. If you haven’t been regularly changing your air filter, you’re likely to have more dust and pollutants collecting in your air ducts. Although you can use the hose on your vacuum to clean up some of the dust from the area immediately around the vents, you won’t be able to reach parts that are deeper inside the system. To get everything as clean as possible, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned periodically.
Our service professionals can check your HVAC system’s airflow for any leaks that may be releasing conditioned air before it reaches your vents. Testing your airflow to make sure air is being properly distributed will improve efficiency and prevent your system from overworking to reach your desired indoor temperature.
Clean Coils Regularly
The evaporator and condenser coils will eventually collect enough dust and dirt to reduce their efficiency. Dirty coils won’t be able to effectively cool down hot air or release unwanted heat exhaust. Be sure to have your coils checked yearly and clean them if you see dirt buildup. Maintaining clean coils will help keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently year-round.
Calibrate Your Thermostat
A smart thermostat helps you save energy by effortlessly communicating your heating and cooling needs to your HVAC system. You could also potentially save energy by checking your thermostat’s temperature readings. Place a thermometer a few inches away from your thermostat and compare the readings. A difference in temperatures will tell you that your thermostat has been sending incorrect information to your HVAC system, possibly making it work harder than necessary. Check up on your thermostat and have it recalibrated if necessary.
Check Your Variable Frequency Drive
The variable frequency drive (VFD) controls the motor in your HVAC system and works to keep your system from overworking itself. If the VFD is not operating as it should, you’ll use more energy running your HVAC system. Checking on the VFD will ensure that your HVAC system’s motor is running as effectively as possible.
Improving your HVAC system’s efficiency can save you money on your energy bills and extend the life of your system. Conduct regular maintenance and cleaning on your system to keep it working smoothly and to prevent it from becoming overworked. Call Melton Heating and Air Conditioning today at 865-210-8942 to schedule your HVAC system’s regular maintenance with one of our experienced technicians.
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