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Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips To Save Energy And Money

 

The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, and nearly half of that comes from heating and cooling costs. With the summer heat ready to peak, homeowners across the country are turning their air conditioning up to full blast. But you can save electricity and avoid hefty repair bills by giving your

HVAC system an annual checkup.

The best time for HVAC maintenance is right before extreme temperatures hit,

so try our energy-saving tune-up tips today.

DIY MAINTENANCE

-Clean/change the air filter. If you only make one tune-up this season,

clean your air filter – doing so can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption

by up to 15%. I

-In the summertime, you should wash your reusable  filter or replace your disposable

one once per month. 

-Clear the area around the outdoor unit. Keep vegetation at least two feet away from

the unit so it is free to pull in air. This  includes raking up leaves in the fall.

 

CALLING IN A PROFESSIONAL

Some parts of a thorough annual check-up require disassembling an AC unit, so you'll have to call a service technician for a quick, professional check-up that usually costs around $50. The technician will:

-Clear the drain. A clogged drain can waste nearly as much energy as a dirty filter

because your unit has to work harder to send out even less cool air.

-Clean the outdoor and indoor units. The technician will keep the outdoor condenser

fan running efficiently by cleaning the fan blades, and will maintain the unit's ability to

cool the air moving through it by removing dust and other buildup from the indoor

evaporator coil.

HELP YOUR HVAC DO ITS JOB

To get the most bang from your HVAC buck, use these general energy-saving tips. They'll help you support your system and save energy around the house.

-Get a programmable thermostat. It's easier to save energy with a programmable

thermostat than a regular one because you don't have to think about it each time you

want to change the temperature. You pre-program your settings so that the thermostat

raises the temperature while you're at work and asleep, and kicks on the air

conditioning when you're at home and awake. With "smart"  programmable

thermostats, you can even control the temperature from your smartphone.

-Seal your heating/cooling ducts and any open spaces. Make sure doors, windows,

and nooks and crannies are shut and properly sealed. The less cool air that escapes

your home, the less energy you'll waste, and more comfortable you'll be.

-Set your thermostat to your ideal temperature (not any colder). Setting the air

conditioner to a colder-than-desired temperature doesn't cool down your house any

quicker – it just keeps the unit working longer than necessary. So, set it to where you

want it. And remember: You save up to 1% on your yearly cooling bill every time you

raise the temperature by one degree for a period of eight hours. So, set it to around

78° - after all, it is summer!

BUYING A NEW HVAC SYSTEM?

“Ultimately, it comes down

to dollars and cents when

we’re talking about HVAC

units.”

— Director of Product

Marketing for Climate,

Controls and Security at

United Technologies Corp Mead Russert. 

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a high-efficiency unit, or replace the entire system. Today's air conditioners use up to 40% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as those made just 10 years ago. Look for an ENERGY STAR rating and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or "SEER" that is above 13 (the higher, the better).

If possible, install your new unit in the shade, which can allow it to run 10% more efficiently.

MORE ON HOME ENERGY SAVINGS

Alliance Intern Lizzie Horne contributed greatly to this article.

Heat & Cool Efficiently

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 PDF (708KB).

Change your air filter regularly

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.

Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly

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:

Install a programmable thermostat

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.

Seal your heating and cooling ducts

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 PDF (1.13MB) for more information. for more information.

Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment

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.

Ask about Proper Installation of your new 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.

http://www.energystar.gov/?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac

 

 

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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