DIY Tips for Improving Efficiency

Originally published Sept. 4, 2019, updated Jan. 17, 2022.

You can get more out of the HVAC system in your St. Cloud, Florida, home. A more energy efficient HVAC unit is vital to lowering the carbon footprint of your home plus keeping your utility bills within budget. Whether your system is old or new, below are a few tips to help boost its efficiency.

Stay on Top of Filter Changes

The air filter of your HVAC system is designed to trap dirt, pollen, dander, and other allergens to keep them from entering your indoor air supply. Unfortunately, the air filter can become dirty and clogged while performing its functions, leading to reduced airflow through the HVAC system. Poor airflow can result in your system having to work harder to achieve the desired temperature, making the system less efficient. So, to ensure optimal effectiveness for your system, change your air filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, which is usually every 3 months. If you own pets, you should check it monthly to see if it should be changed more frequently.

Keep the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit Well Maintained

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner or heat pump can become easily clogged with debris. When this occurs, it can damage parts of your air conditioning or decrease your unit’s productivity. So, to keep your HVAC system in peak operating condition, start by trimming branches that hang over the unit to prevent leaves and twigs from falling into the unit. Next, make sure you clear away any bushes and tall grasses within at least a foot around the unit.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

One way to guarantee your system is running as efficiently as it can is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance. During this maintenance visit, your technician will address any possible issues with your unit, thoroughly clean it, and check the airflow to make sure the system is performing optimally.

If you’ve missed a seasonal maintenance appointment, call us to schedule one today. One of our Frank’s Air Conditioning professionals will perform your maintenance and check for any problems that could be affecting the energy efficiency of your system.

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