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Simple HVAC Efficiency Tips—Emphasis on “Simple”!

folded-money-shape-of-houseWhether in regards to your incredibly hard-working air conditioning system or your much-less-frequently used heater—which is still very important, remember—you want to know that your home comfort systems are operating in an efficient manner. Nobody wants to be overpaying for their comfort, right? Well, our team is here to help you heat and cool your home in a more efficient and affordable manner. And don’t worry, we’re not just going to suggest that you invest in a brand new system!

If you have a heater or an AC with a relatively low energy efficiency rating, then investing in a system is obviously going to show some great results in terms of increasing efficiency. However, a new HVAC system is also a pretty major investment, and one that you aren’t likely to make when your system is only a few years old. With these smaller scale tweaks and changes, you can enjoy improved energy efficiency from your HVAC systems in Brooksville, FL without breaking the bank.

Keep HVAC Units Clean

We’re going to be focusing largely on air conditioners today, because they definitely take more of a beating in this part of the country than heating systems do, but the fact is that what is good for one system is generally good for the other. Case in point: keeping them clean. There is only so much that you can do on your own, but you definitely should be doing it!

Be sure to maintain a clean space around your indoor AC unit and/or your furnace. You don’t want to be blocking airflow or allowing excessive levels of dust to buildup in this area. That will impede your system’s operation. Your outdoor air conditioning or heat pump unit should be kept free of debris, too. Don’t let lawn clippings or other organic waste cling to the cabinet, and don’t allow branches to fall into the fan atop the unit.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Did you know that you can upgrade your HVAC system without upgrading the entire HVAC system? If you have a very old thermostat with which you control your system, or if you are using the most basic digital model available, then you are selling yourself short in terms of energy efficiency.

Simply upgrading to a programmable thermostat, which will help you to automate your system’s performance around your own personal schedule, can save you money without the caveat of coming home to an uncomfortable house. A smart thermostat takes efficiency even further, with remote access and control via an internet-enabled device, energy reports, and more. It is important to determine if your existing system is compatible with such technology, though.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

We are going to bring this up again and again, but it is advice that bears repeating. Routine HVAC maintenance is, without a doubt, the best thing that you can do for your home heating and air conditioning systems. When your HVAC system is tuned up annually by a trained professional—or bi-annually, in the case of a heat pump—its performance is truly optimized.

Routine maintenance boosts efficiency, and also helps to keep your system operating as reliably as possible. That is not something that you can afford to overlook, especially considering the relatively minor cost of routine maintenance in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to check out our MVP maintenance club, as well!

Schedule your HVAC services with Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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