Focus on the Filter
The first thing to check when it comes to your HVAC unit is your filter. With a disposable filter, it’s essential to replace your air filter at least once a month. Other types of filters need to be thoroughly cleaned roughly once a month in order to keep things working effectively. You may need to clean or replace your filters more frequently if you have pets in your home or are a smoker.
Keep Outdoor Areas Clear
If applicable, the next thing to do is to go outside and examine your HVAC unit. You want to make sure the area is clear and free from debris. If there are any plants, branches, or other items that are blocking the area or touching your air conditioner, you need to clear it away. Make sure you do not grow any shrubbery too close to the unit.
Prior to starting up your cooling system, it is highly recommended to clean your condensation line to avoid costly repairs from water overflowing into the ductwork or your ceiling if the unit is located in the attic.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
One of the best things you can do to help with your energy bill is to install a programmable thermostat. With newer technology, it is now possible to customize your air conditioning schedule even when you aren’t home.
Clear Out Your Vents
Beyond having a professional go through the entire duct system, what you can do yourself is walk through and examine each vent. Clear out any dust or debris and make sure the vents in the rooms you want to use your air conditioning are open. This can help your HVAC get an even amount of coverage throughout the square footage of your property.
Best Summer Temperature Settings
The ideal daytime at-home temperature is 70-78 degrees. Don’t try to cool your house faster by setting a lower temperature than normal; it doesn’t work. The most energy-saving temperature is 75 degrees. You can significantly reduce cooling costs by turning the thermostat up by 5 degrees.
The best temperature while you’re away is 75-78 degrees. Turning the thermostat up will keep the heat and humidity under control while you’re away, and also help you save on cooling. Turning your system off is OK if you don’t have anything in your home that would be at risk of overheating (pets, plants).