HVAC seems a complicated topic at first. However, it’s really quite simple if you read the information below. What follows is great advice for you to follow.
Before calling anyone to repair your system, know what system you have. Learn the brand, model, and if you have it, the maintenance history. Then, you’ll be ready to tell the contractor what they need to know.
Think about what improvements you want made before picking an HVAC contractor. You might not be able to get a price quote unless you let the contractor see your current system first. It’s even harder if you’re not able to explain what you’ve done. Know this stuff ahead of time.
Your outside condenser fan can be helped to run better by you cleaning the fan blades and coils prior to summer starting up. Turn off your power before doing any job like this. Leaves and debris can build up inside the unit and cause damage.
Each spring it’s time to clean the inside of your condenser unit, including the fan and the sensitive coil. Before you do so, shut off the power to ensure that none of the parts will move while you work on it. Then remove the grill, remove the blades and clean it from top to bottom gently.
Keep your outdoor units free of debris when you are mowing the lawn. Direct the clippings away from the equipment. The same goes for when you blow leaves, so make sure your are careful when moving any debris in the vicinity of your HVAC devices.
Lubricate your fan condenser if it has oil ports. These are usually covered with rubber or metal caps. Use a lightweight, detergent-free SAE 20 oil, putting 10 drops in each port.
If you want to know where you should put an outdoor compressor, you should place it somewhere where there is a lot of shade. In this way, it will be cooling air that is already somewhat cooled. This saves energy.
To increase the efficiency of your HVAC unit, be sure to keep it in the shade. When your unit sucks in cooler air, then much less is required to cool it further, which saves you money on energy bills.
Have your HVAC serviced at least yearly. This should be done in Fall and Spring to prepare it for the extreme months. Even if you can’t see anything wrong, checking it may help you locate and repair some possible issues.
Once it grows cold outside, turn off your outside condenser unit. When the temperature drops beneath 60 degrees, it’s time to cut off the unit to prevent damage. You will save in repair bills and increase the efficiency of your system.
Replace any single-paned windows with double-paned versions. Double pane windows will allow you to use less air during the summer because cooler air will stay in your house. As with other steps you take to improve your ability to keep your air conditioned air or heated air inside your home, double-paned windows can help you save on energy costs.
Hopefully, you now feel more comfortable with HVAC units as a whole. Apply this advice and you will be in great shape. You will save on your electric bill by doing so.