These tips can help you save money and energy this summer!
When the temperatures start to rise in and around St. Louis, you begin to think that perhaps it’s time to turn on the air conditioner. Before you do that, here’s a list of points to check to ensure that your HVAC system is in good condition, so that it won’t fail you when you need it most.
What to Look for in Your Indoor System
These tips can help you save money and energy this summer:
- What type of thermostat do you have? If it’s not programmable, having a programmable thermostat fitted could really save you money in the long term and it’s not a big job, your St. Louis HVAC technician will be able to do this quickly for you.
- Take a look at any ductwork that is visible. Look for any small holes, any areas of wear or tear.
- Now check all the air vents. Make sure they are not covered by drapes, or become hidden by furniture or other items.
- Check the drain line. They can become clogged. It’s a good idea to flush it out with a cup of chlorine bleach followed by a gallon of water. This should make sure your drain lines are clear for the hot summer weather.
- Change your air filter. It’s a good idea to change your air filter every 2-3 months, so it’s nice to start the season with a clean and fresh filter.
- Make sure the circuits are on and the power is on.
What to Check in Your Outdoor System
Checking these things on your HVAC systems outdoor unit can also save money and energy:
- Take a look at the condenser unit outside. Look for blockages around the unit. Fallen leaves and other refuse can easily get in and cause a blockage.
- Check that all the panels are in place. If any are missing then call your St Louis HVAC technician who will be able to order and fit you a replacement.
- Inspect the refrigerant lines. Make sure they are well insulated. Don’t attempt to insulate the refrigerant lines yourself, always get a St. Louis HVAC professional to do it for you.
- Look for signs of wear and tear on the wiring outside. If there are any signs of wear or damage to these wires then turn off your system and call your St. Louis HVAC technician as it could be potentially dangerous to use it.
- Finally, you need to look at all the issues you’ve found together and think about whether or not it’s actually time to invest in a new HVAC system. No unit lasts forever. Even if you’ve looked after your system well and had it regularly serviced, over time all HVAC systems lose efficiency. Replacing an older system, will cost you to buy and have installed, but it is likely to reduce your energy bills by between 20% and 40%.
Hely Heating and Air Conditioning
We have the skills and tools needed to cover everything from a new installation to yearly maintenance and repair work, large and small. Leave it to us to make sure that your home is never without refreshing conditioned air when those St. Louis summer temps start to rise.
Call us today at (636) 305-9555 or fill out our online contact form.