- Leave the oven door closed until the food is ready. I know it’s so tempting to smell the savory smells from your delicious dinner but wait until they are done. Every time you open the door, you lose about 50 degrees of heat. Yowza!
- Turn your sprinkler system off when it has rained. There is no need to run your sprinkler when nature has done its job.
- Although there is plenty else to do, pulling the fridge out from the wall and cleaning the back of the fridge, can help the system. Dust can obstruct the system from appropriately operating and now you can brag that even behind your fridge is properly dusted. Just disregard the dirty floor.
- Unplug the toaster. The toaster alone zaps energy. So instead of giving up your breakfast toast, just unplug the toaster when you are done. And if you are feeling extra-zealous, unplug all nearby appliances like the coffee maker and stand mixer. But don’t be too fanatical and unplug the fridge or you will be paying a lot more for spoiled food.
- Set your thermostat up two degrees when you are away. Every degree, you can save 2% on energy costs.
- During the holidays, put your decoration lights on a timer to go off in the late evening. This way, your lights aren’t running all night but everyone can still enjoy them.
- Investigate your ducts. A faulty duct system will drastically reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. If you want to avoid using a smoke pen, call upon an AC Repair Company to come out to your home to investigate.
- Don’t hand-wash your dishes. Your dishwasher is far more efficient than you are. The dishwasher uses less heated water than you do. Be sure to only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Open your blinds if you need light during the day. Opt for natural light instead of turning on that lamp.
- Use bathroom fans while taking a shower. They can help remove the heat from the shower but remember to shut them off when you leave the room.
Your HVAC unit won’t last forever. Like all of your household appliances, they will become older and there will come a time when you have to say goodbye to the system that has treated you so well for so long. Preventative maintenance is absolutely vital to keeping your system working for many more summers and winters. With regular maintenance, it could be 15 years before you need a new system. Some preventative maintenance can be done yourself, while other tasks should be left to a professional.
Work that you can DIY includes;
- Changing or cleaning your air filters. The can be done as often as monthly, but should be done at least every three months.
- Trimming any vegetation that is growing around your outdoor unit
- Checking that your attic ducts are covered by at least six inches of insulation
- Clearing any furniture or window treatments that could be covering your vents
Honest Air provides the quality AC repair Scottsdale residents expect. The company also offers a service contract that will ensure your system is being taken care of regularly.
What can you expect your technician to do while they’re at your home? Technicians might:
- Check refrigerant levels and refill if needed
- Give the cabinet and coil a good cleaning
- Inspect drain openings for proper drainage
- Inspect the fan motor and blades, control box and wiring, and compressor and tubing
Preventative maintenance performed by both you and your trusted technician will ensure that your HVAC system lasts for the long haul.