1. Get a precision tune up every year. Our local electric company believes in this so much that they offer a rebate to homeowners who have a professional tune up of their air conditioner. Not only does maintained equipment last longer, it can save you over 20% on your utility usage versus non-maintained equipment.
2. Turn off lights and appliances that are not in use. They may not add much heat to your home, but little things can add up over time. Plus, they won’t be using electricity either.
3. Insulate any exposed ductwork. If you have ductwork that runs through an attic or other unconditioned space, consider having it insulated. More of your cold air will be able to make it where it’s going.
4. Clean your indoor coil. If dirt builds up on the indoor coil, it cannot cool your air the way it’s supposed to. If you know that the ﬁlter you have been using is not a good quality one, you might need to have your coil cleaned. A service technician can let you know if your coil is dirty during your preventive maintenance visit.
5, Make sure your ﬁlter is clean. THIS IS A KEY ONE! The technician will check this during your precision tune up, but checking the ﬁlter once per summer may not be enough. Dry, dusty conditions, pets or summer pollen can really clog up a ﬁlter.
6. Run a constant fan. If you have a high-efficiency furnace, you have the ability to run your HVAC system’s fan on low speed at a minimal electrical cost. This can pull cooler basement air up into your living space and also helps keep the air temperatures in your home balanced.
7. Seal leaks in your home. You don’t want your nice, cool air to slip right outside or up into your attic (recessed lights are famous for allowing this to occur). What a waste! If you’re not sure where your home is leaking, contact a professional to do a Home Performance Assessment.
8. Clear your A/C drain line (also called the P-trap). Your A/C unit removes moisture from your home in the summer. There is a drain by the indoor cooling coil, typically mounted above the furnace in the basement. If you ﬂush 1 cup of chlorine bleach down your air conditioning drain and rinse it through with a gallon of water you can help keep your drain clear through the summer. Or consider adding a trap to your system. This clear tubing allows you to see any potential blockages before water backs up into your system and provides easy access to clean the trap. Another option is a safety switch that will shut your air conditioning down in the event of water backup into the system. This can save a nasty surprise if the drain becomes blocked and overﬂows.
Contact us for a free consultation on your air condition today. We are fully licensed and insured in addition to offering free quotes on any assessment of your homes air conditioning unit. Call us at 215-725-6111 or visit us online at http://www.hvacphilly.com/
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