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How to Make Your HVAC System More Efficient

April 16, 2020

When it comes to saving energy in your Neptune Beach, FL, home, you take a lot of pride in the things that you’ve done yourself. There are things that professional HVAC contractors can do for you. There are also some steps that you can take yourself to minimize costs while maximizing your return on investment. Read on to learn more about making your HVAC system more efficient.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

To help the HVAC system in your home operate more efficiently, there are several simple things that can be done. Let’s take a look at a few.

An HVAC unit requires regular maintenance. It helps lengthen the life of the system, prevents expensive repairs and optimizes its operation. While you can keep the unit free of obvious debris, we open the unit and inspect the parts.

It’s a good idea to schedule maintenance on a regular basis. You should have a professional check on the unit twice a year. During the inspection, the service technician will inspect the belts, thermometer and ducts. The goal is to find anything that may be loose, have a crack or is worn out. Your maintenance professional will tune them up, repair them or replace them as needed.

If your unit has to work extra hard because debris is blocking the air passageways, it’ll exert more energy for less output. This is neither efficient nor cost-effective.

During the pre-season tuneup, Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating will double-check that the motors, blowers and compressor are calibrated. We clean the drains, coils and cabinet. Then, our HVAC service moves to testing.

We test that air is evenly blowing into the rooms that have vents. We listen for odd noises as well as check for odd smells.

You may be a DIY person. It’s worth taking into consideration how long it would take you against how long it will take our team to finish the job. If it takes you the whole day, but it takes our team only a few hours, it’s more cost-effective that we complete the job. You’ll also avoid damaging the system or personal injury.

Upgrade and Improve Insulation

Ideally, your home will have existing insulation. During a routine HVAC inspection, if you have noticed that your energy bills are rising but you’re not using additional energy, we can explore the why. Often, the cost of energy for a home rises because air is escaping.

It could be through the windows or it could be through the basement/attic. Older windows become warped over time because the moisture and heat catch up to the frame. Eventually, tiny cracks and dents form that allows the air to escape. We can take a look at what is happening. Then, we’ll make suggestions for improvements.

Keep the HVAC System Clean

It’s important to keep an HVAC unit clean. This includes all of its components and parts. If your unit includes ductwork, remember that it requires cleaning too. Ductwork is cumbersome to clean, so it makes sense to leave the task up to a trained professional who has experience.

Those who are ready to switch over to a ductless system can consult with our team. A unit that’s clean is able to operate without any obstructions. This leads to a more efficient and environmentally friendly unit.

For more information about improving the efficiency of your HVAC system in Neptune Beach, FL, contact Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating today. Our job is to make sure you’re maximizing comfort and efficiency inside your home, and that starts effective HVAC maintenance. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your heating and cooling systems.

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