Ah, summer. The vacations, beach time and general fun for all involved. Summer also means humidity, brutal sun and an HVAC system that will be working overtime. Here are a few tips to help keep your HVAC system working at its best through the summer.
- Change air filter – this is the only thing we at Air Dynamics recommend you do for yourself. Your filter should be changed at least once/month in the summer. An air filter that is clogged will not work as efficiently, and this can drastically affect your home energy bill.
- Condenser Coil – This is part of your outside HVAC system. It cools the refrigerant in the system that keeps the home cool. A dirty coil will force your system to work harder and can shorten the life of the coil as well. Allowing a professional to come to your home and clean the coil means extending the life of your unit and again, lower your energy bill.
- Check refrigerant lines – These are copper and connect the unit outside to the inside. They are often covered in foam for additional insulation. Refrigerant and its use is governed by the EPA, so unless you want a significant fine, leave working on these lines to the professionals.
- Turn it on – Turning on your HVAC system for the first time in the summer will let you know if there is any problems. The system should run fairly quietly. Any strange sounds, such as metal on metal, means your system can use a repair or replacement. Get in contact with us ASAP. We can often catch a problem before it turns serious.
- Routine maintenance – This is your best partner in the HVAC system. We come out and check every part of your system and make sure it is running in top shape. It is best to schedule maintenance twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. This way you can be ready for the two most extreme times of the year in terms of HVAC stress.
If you have questions about your HVAC system, hear some strange noises or are curious about routine maintenance, call us. At Air Dynamics Cooling want to help you save money on your home energy bill.