Properly maintain your air conditioner for best results
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As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. For more information, see our Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling (708KB).
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. Learn more:
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more.
Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap them in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next, look to seal any other ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house. See our See our Duct Sealing brochure (1.13MB) for more information. for more information.
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.
Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent � costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment's life. Learn more.
A facilities maintenance plan involves more than just regular cleaning. A maintenance plan covers a building’s routine maintenance, as well as the long term care of certain equipment and/or
systems inside of a building.
When a business or office building decides to implement a maintenance plan, they are entrusting one company with the performance of numerous systems and equipment. This is beneficial for several reasons. The first is because it’s convenient. Unless a person is trained to maintain certain systems, like a HVAC system, they may not know what maintenance is needed until a problem arises. Regular maintenance also helps equipment last as long as possible, which can save a great deal of money in the long run.
Implementing a facilities maintenance plan is the best main to be proactive. A maintenance plan will ensure that all equipment is repaired on a regular basis. When a maintenance team is constantly fixing any small problems that arise, they are also helping to avoid larger problems in the future. Regular maintenance also helps businesses maintain the warranties on their equipment.
Many people prefer to have one company clean and maintain commercial properties. Maintenance plans usually include routine cleaning, maintenance, and other related services. This ensures that employees are working in a safe and sanitary environment. It’s also reassuring for business owners to know that the professionals handling these services are trustworthy and reliable. When running a business, it’s important to know who to count on.
A building maintenance plan is a great way of ensuring that a facility is being taken care of. Not only will implementing such a plan keep a building clean, but it will also keep a facility running as efficiently as possible.
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