An HVAC unit is a necessary investment for any homeowner. Keeping up with regular A/C maintenance will help you lower your energy costs and extend the life of your unit by many years. In this post, the HVAC pros at Kinkaid share 5 ways to make your A/C unit more efficient this summer.
How to Get the Most Out of Your HVAC Unit
Lower utility costs, reduce wear and tear on your system and enjoy cooling efficiency with these tips:
1. Change Air Filters Regularly
Air filters help trap and reduce airborne contaminants like pollen, dust and pet dander. A dirty or clogged air filter will impede airflow in your unit, preventing it from operating efficiently. Air filters should be cleaned (if reusable) or replaced every 30–90 days. The frequency depends on your location and the number of pets in the household.
2. Seal Air Leaks
Ensure that the spaces around pet doors, windows and entrances are properly sealed or caulked. This prevents cooled air from escaping into unused areas like the attic or outdoors.
3. Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat will enable you to set your system’s cooling schedule according to your own and control it from anywhere. By slightly increasing the temperature while you are away during the day, you can save big on utility costs and reduce unnecessary strain on your unit.
4. Run Ceiling Fans on Low
Warm air rises to areas where it may not get pulled into your unit for cooling. This leads to uneven hot or cold pockets throughout your home. A ceiling fan set to run on low doesn’t require much energy and it will help circulate air for even cooling throughout your living space.
5. Schedule Annual Tune-Ups
An annual A/C tune-up means a qualified HVAC professional will inspect and clean your unit top to bottom. Loose or worn parts can be identified and repaired before they cause expensive problems down the road.
Work with Kinkaid
Kinkaid proudly serves Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia and Chester Counties. We offer residential and commercial installation, maintenance and repairs on all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Contact us today to get started!