It is summertime and nobody wants to have to deal with an issue with a faulty air conditioner. And you could say the same thing about the winter time when you want your heater to work well. To make sure that you are good to go all year round and nice and cozy when these inopportune times arise, these thirteen tips will benefit your comfort cooling and heating. So without further ado, here are the tips for comfort cooling and heating your home.
1.) Regular Maintenance. Every single type of equipment is going to require some form of maintenance at some point in its life. Your cooling and heating system is no different. Performing regularly scheduled maintenance will make sure that any problems that may arise do not lead to a total breakdown of your unit. It cannot be stressed enough how important routine maintenance is for the overall health of your system.
2.) Check your filters. The filters on a heating and cooling system are going to get plenty dirty with time, it’s a fact of life. This is why it is so important to make sure that you replace or clean them routinely. Many manufacturers suggest a monthly change to your air filters. This will ensure no problem arise as the result of a dirty air filter. If you fail to do this you may experience a blockage of the heat and air trying to come inside your house from your system. With your filters blocked your air conditioning and heating costs are going to rise, your system is going to work harder than it needs to and your comfort will be compromised. Also, your indoor air quality will improve if you properly change your filters.
3.) Seal your ducts. To make sure your home remains comfortable you will need to ensure your home’s ducts are properly sealed where they are moving air on behalf of your heat pump, furnace or air conditioner. If these ducts are improperly sealed, or not sealed at all, you are going to lose a lot more heat and air all throughout your home.
4.) Make sure to perform an annual tune up. It is always a great idea to perform an annual tune up for your heating and cooling system. You can count on the professionals at Comfort Experts to have a list of many key things that need to be looked over to make sure your system is in great shape for any upcoming hot or cold weather.
Another great tip is to go out and 5.) grab a programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one that is. Having one of these in your home is going to increase your energy efficiency when you have your cooling and heating system in use during peak times of the seasons. According to Energy Star, “proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.” If the savings don’t make you more comfortable in your home the heating and cooling system will.
Finally we have some tips for both heating and cooling your home. We’ll deal with heating first. First you will need to 6.) make sure that everything is clean. This includes radiators, baseboard heaters and warm air registers. 7.) Make sure that you are not blocking any of these with something like carpet, drapes or furniture. Second, make sure that in order to prevent heat from escaping out of the windows you close all of your curtains. Third, try and 8.) keep low traffic rooms closed, like the basement or the attic. Since they are not being used they don’t require heat. And finally, if you’re counting on electricity for your heat be sure to hire a 9.) Gilbert AC contractor to install a good heat pump. They provide up to three times more heat than their own electrical output and this alone can bring your energy usage down by almost 40 percent.
As for cooling, here are a quick few tips. For better cooling in humid temperatures be sure to set your 10.) fan speeds on low. Also, try and get your 11.) air conditioning unit in the shade, maybe even plant a tree by it. By doing so, your air conditioning unit is going to use 10 percent less energy. And as usual, 12.) utilize your ceiling fans to help distribute the air without having to use extra power. And lastly, 13.) make sure your air conditioner fits in its intended space. This will ensure a more efficient cooling system. Contact us today for more information as any one of our expert air conditioning contractors in Gilbert will be happy to assist you!
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