Be Cool Show your Hardworking Air Conditioner Some Love!
In 1902, a 25-year-old engineer named Willis Carrier invented the first modern air conditioning system, and we have been collectively spoiled ever since. But have you considered how hard your system works to keep you in constant temperature-controlled comfortâ€¦especially during the sweltering summer months?
Even though it performs its duties behind the scenes, your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is just like any other amenity in your home: it needs some attention now and then to perform at its best.
Here are some simple ways you can show your HVAC some TLC:
Your air conditioner literally breathes through its filter, and when it becomes dirty the unit struggles to function. This results in everything from prematurely worn-out fans to a steep increase in your energy bill. Replace filters approximately every 90 days. Do this more often if you have multiple pets or people with allergies in the home.
Tune It Up
There’s a lot to be said for do-it-yourself fixes, but when you’re facing months of brutal heat ahead, a thorough system tune-up from a licensed technician is a wise investment. You’ll set yourself up for fewer breakdowns, lower cooling expenses and a longer life for your air conditioner.
Installing a smart thermostat is one of the easiest ways to regulate A/C energy use. These thermostats can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone, and often provide energy-saving recommendations. Some even learn your preferences over time by tracking your temperature adjustments, then making them on their own.
No one likes a dusty home â€“ least of all your HVAC unit. An excess amount of dust, dirt, lint and pet hair not only makes the system work harder, your filters won’t last as long. Take a few extra minutes to vacuum carpets and upholstery, then give your wood floors and furniture a quick swipe with a microfiber cloth. This will lessen the load on your unit and have you breathing cleaner air. Win-win!
Dodge the Draft
Drafts caused by leaks in your windows and doors can cause precious cooling air to escape. In most cases, air sealing your home is a simple project. Apply silicone caulking to stationary seals in windows, or wherever pipes and wiring come through your exterior walls. Use weatherstripping over any moving parts, such as the bottom of the window sash and around doorjambs.