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May 2017 24

4 Ways to Make Your HVAC Equipment More Efficient

Posted in Efficiency

Summer will arrive soon to Southern California, which means hot days that often lead to higher than normal energy bills. Although your HVAC unit is likely to blame for the surprised look on your face when you open your utility bill, don’t lose your cool.

Yes, it’s true that your HVAC system accounts for almost half of your home’s energy costs. But, we have tips you can follow to keep your home cool and money in your pocket this summer. Try out these tips to increase your unit’s efficiency and reduce your home energy bills.

Change the Filter

The easiest way to extend the life of your HVAC system and increase savings on your utility bill is by changing your air filter regularly. In fact, a dirty filter can cost you more money because your system requires more energy to push the air through. Typically, we recommend that customers change their air filters at least quarterly, or monthly during the warmer months. Check your filter for a build up of dust and dirt every 30-60 days, especially when you run your unit consistently.

Clean the Coils

Located on your outdoor unit, the coils make your system run efficiently. A dirty coil can limit how well your system heats or cools your home. Your outdoor unit’s fan not only pulls warm air over the coils, it also collects dirt and debris when not cleaned regularly. Coils that are free of dirt and debris can keep your system running smoothly with less energy. Lastly, you can prevent a build up of dirt and debris on the outdoor unit by trimming back plants, trees, and foliage.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Not only does routine maintenance help your unit run efficiently throughout the year, but it also extends the life of your system. At Alps, we recommend maintenance twice a year – in the spring and fall- through our tune-up special. Regular maintenance allows our technicians to assess your system for broken parts that are prohibiting your unit from running efficiently.

Program the Thermostat

One way to save money on future utility bills is by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. We recommend setting your temperature 10 to 15 degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter for at least 8 hours a day. This simple adjustment can save you up to 15 percent annually on utility costs. The benefit of a having a programmable is the flexibility of scheduling different temperature intervals while you’re at home and away.

 

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