5 Ways to Keep Your HVAC Unit Running Efficiently


Replacing an HVAC system can be costly and inconvenient. Still, there are several ways to ensure that your unit stays running smoothly and efficiently so that it can be used until the end of its useful life…and not a second sooner!

1. Replace the Air Filters

Though most people believe that the air filters in an HVAC unit are only there to clean the air, they also protect the system. The air filters work to trap all the dust and debris, but they can damage your HVAC unit when the filter becomes clogged. The dust and debris then get stuck in the equipment, and the system has to work harder to push air through the clogged filter. This can also impact the overall air quality, as the rush of air can make the dust and debris back into your home’s air. Consider purchasing a Minimum Efficient Reporting Value (MERV) rated air filter for extra cleaning.

2. Keep the Heat Out

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As with most things, it becomes less productive it becomes less productive it becomes less productive when you overwork your HVAC system. It’s imperative to be mindful of using your HVAC unit effectively. So, in those hot summer months, cover your windows and secure your home’s envelope to allow the least heat to get inside. This small trick can help your system not work as hard, allowing the unit to run more efficiently.

3. Utilize the Energy Saver Mode

When you power on your unit, common sense tells you that it will be on until you shut it off. Suppose your power your team is in energy saver mode; it will turn off when it reaches a certain temperature in the house or the room, depending on your unit. Not only does this give your team a nice little pause, but it can also assist you with saving some money on your utility bills.

4. Get Smart

If you’re trying to keep your home HVAC unit from being overworked, consider investing in a smart thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can automatically program and schedule when you want your HVAC to turn on and off, as well as other functions, all through an app. So when you decide to go out, you won’t have to worry about your unit turning on; you can readjust the schedule from your phone.

5. Regular Maintenance

It’s always a good idea to bring in a professional to make sure everything is running smoothly every once in a while. With an HVAC system, having a professional check the unit regularly (at least yearly) puts you ahead of the curve and keeps you in the loop about your system. If anything is wrong, they can also fix it right then and there!

HVAC cooling and heating is a luxury that not everyone can afford; however, just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you can afford a new system. Therefore, taking the proper steps to increase productivity and efficiency is vital for a homeowner’s routine maintenance checks.