Caring for your HVAC System in the Summer

In the summer it is important to keep your HVAC system operating at top performance levels. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you. For summer, this includes flushing the drain pipe for the water that the HVAC system takes out of humid air. A clogged drain makes the unit work harder and less efficiently. In addition, the service should include cleaning the fan blades on the outdoor unit and removing the dust and other buildup from the indoor evaporator coil.

Also remember to inspect the filter in the air conditioner. Check and change dirty disposable air filters once a month. A clean air filter can substantially reduce energy consumption. Having a clean filter can lower an air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15%. It is recommended to keep leaves, branches, and vegetation at least two feet away from the unit. This allows the unit to freely pull in air. Take away debris that may have fallen into and around the unit too.

You can also invest in a programmable thermostat. This relatively inexpensive device allows decreased use of the HVAC system when the building is not occupied. For warm months, set the thermostat to around 78 degrees. That setting should be comfortable and will keep the humidity at a healthful level. Every degree you lower the thermostat for air conditioning costs about 1% more on your energy bill. If you notice that the monthly energy bill is higher than it typically should be, make sure to contact us so we can come and inspect the system. By inspecting the air conditioner, we can ensure it is operating at top performance levels for you.