Your HVAC system serves a purpose in your house. It keeps you warm in cold-weather months and it keeps you cool in hot-weather months. It will cost you some money to run your furnace and air conditioning systems, but if your system is costing you a lot of money, it may be due to poor maintenance or other issues. Improve your system's energy efficiency by following the tips below.
Open The Vents
Open up all of the vents around your house to allow the air to flow properly to each and every room in your home. Closing vents may cause some rooms to be warmer (or colder depending on the season) than others and may cause your system to run more often in order to reach the proper temperature. Be sure all of the vents around your home are all open and that there is nothing blocking them.
Remove furniture from in front of your vents and keep curtains off of the vent openings by pulling them open.
Keep Systems Free Of Obstructions
The systems around your home should also be free from obstructions to allow for proper air flow. If you have anything too close to your air conditioning unit outside your home, it may block the flow of air to the unit and cause it to run over-time. It could also be a fire hazard as well. Allow at least three feet of space around both your furnace and air conditioning units.
Clean Your Vents
The vents and duct work around your home may be clogged with dust and dander. Clean these vents with your extension hose on your vacuum cleaner to clear out as much debris as possible. Cleaning your air ducts can help improve the air flow around your home, making your system more energy efficient, and also improving your indoor air at the same time. You can hire a professional to clean out ventilation system as well.
Replace The Air Filter
Replace the air filter in your system to improve your indoor air, as well as to improve air flow. If this filter is clogged it may cause your systems to run more often or could cause your system to break down prematurely. Replace your air filter with a brand new filter every other month.
Clean Your Systems
Both your furnace and your air conditioner should be cleaned before and after the season it's in use, as well as throughout the season. Spray your air conditioner down to remove dirt and debris clogging the unit and blocking air flow. For your furnace, use a vacuum and extension hose to vacuum dust and other debris inside the unit.
Your heating and air conditioning system will cost you money to run, but it shouldn't be costing you an arm and a leg. If your energy bills are going up, it's time to do some maintenance work to your HVAC systems to improve their energy efficiency and to save you some money. Call a professional HVAC company for other helpful tips to improve your home's energy efficiency.