A study of HVAC contractor specialists and professionals reports that every year, homeowners in America spend over $11 billion on air conditioning costs alone. On average, this makes up about 6% of your home’s total energy consumption. The good news is that there are steps you can take to save up to 50% on your energy bills. The most effective ways to do so are by switching to high-efficiency air conditioning units and conducting regular maintenance on your HVAC system.
At McLay Services, we understand that most homeowners seek a balance between saving money and staying comfortable. That’s why we offer these tips to help you achieve both.
Proper maintenance by a professional HVAC contractor accomplishes two primary functions: ensuring problem-free operation of your HVAC system and extending its effective service life span. One easy maintenance step is to make sure that your air filters are clear of any blockage. Clogged filters are one of the most common causes of poor performance in HVAC systems, but are also one of the easiest problems to fix. Cleaning or replacing your air filters can potentially cut your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5–10%.
Once a year, you should also take a look at your unit’s evaporator coil. Dirt and dust can form a layer over the evaporator’s surface, greatly affecting its performance. A quick visual inspection can tell you if it’s time to give it a good cleaning. Be careful not to disconnect or touch any other part, though, as this might create more problems.
For homes with split-systems, make sure that you regularly check the outdoor unit, particularly the fans, compressor and condenser, as these are prone to obstructions caused by falling leaves and other debris. Additionally, you can also use a pipe cleaner to clear away any blockage that may be inside the drain channels.
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