While it is exciting to finally be a homeowner, it’s also expensive. You’re responsible for every renovation and repair that needs to be made, so it stands to reason that you’ll want to save money in any way that you can. One of the best ways to shave a little bit off of your monthly budget is by making sure your HVAC system is in good condition. This includes your furnace, air conditioner, and anything connected to them. If you want to keep your home feeling comfortable throughout the year without running up your utility bills, here are some tips to remember.
1. Change Your HVAC Filter Regularly
Generally, changing your HVAC filter at least every three months is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly. The filter traps dust, pollen, pet dander, and other indoor pollutants that might be running through your home’s ductwork, so it’s also important for your family’s health. Replacing or cleaning it at least every three months will keep your system running efficiently. HVAC filters are relatively inexpensive, and you should be able to pick some up at any hardware or department store. Check with your HVAC professional to determine if your filter should be changed more often than every three months.
2. Schedule Regular Tune-Ups
Far too many people wait until their furnace or air conditioner completely breaks down before they contact an HVAC professional to make repairs. While we at AAA Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning are perfectly willing and able to fix your disabled HVAC system, you can avoid costly repairs by scheduling regular maintenance visits with our technicians. These regular tune-ups can catch and fix minor problems before they get out of hand, and they will keep your system running smoothly throughout the year. The best time to schedule these tune-ups is in the spring before you start to rely on your air conditioner and in the early fall before you need to turn on your heat.
3. Keep Your AC Unit Clean
AC units can withstand a lot of punishment, but they are still exposed to the elements. Specifically, they can easily be clogged by dirt and debris such as leaves and tree branches. Keep a close eye on your own unit, and make sure to brush away anything that could be preventing it from working efficiently. While you’re at it, make sure that you don’t have too many weeds or other foliage growing too close to your AC unit. A little bit of weeding and pruning can go a long way.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help you save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills, so invest in one if you haven’t already. Once you decide on a good heating and cooling schedule for your home, program it into your thermostat. The smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature so you don’t have to worry about it.
5. Set Your Thermostat to Optimal Temperatures
Generally speaking, your thermostat should be kept between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. This will keep your home feeling comfortable without running up your utility bills. When you program your thermostat, try to have a lower temperature during the night when people are asleep and a slightly higher temperature when people are awake and at home. You should also set your home to a lower temperature in the winter and a slightly higher temperature in the summer when most of your household is at work or in school during the day.
Contact AAA Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning for Repairs and Maintenance
These tips should help keep your HVAC system running smoothly without raising your utility bills too much, but you should never hesitate to contact an HVAC professional if you suspect that you have a problem with your heating and cooling system. If you are ever in need of assistance, AAA Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning will be glad to help you. We have served homeowners in the Huntingdon Valley and the surrounding area for over 30 years, and we offer services such as furnace and AC repair, indoor air filtration system installation, and water heater and home generator solutions.
For more questions about our services or to schedule a visit from one of our technicians, contact AAA Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning today.