How to Get Maximum Efficiency Out of Your Home’s Cooling System

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Did you know that more than half of all energy costs in an average American home can be attributed to heating and cooling? This U.S. Energy Information Administration statistic applies to homes that even have the best water heaters, and HVAC systems.

The reason for this is that whether you have a gas water heater, or an electric water heater, your system has to work hard to heat the water in your home during the winter time. Similarly, you will find that in the summertime, your HVAC unit doubles its efforts to cool your home.

With the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting a hot and sticky summer, you may want to call an AC service and repair company to take a look at your unit.

One of the main reasons an AC unit or home heating system stops producing quality air is the air filter. The air filter is placed in your HVAC unit to trap dust, debris, and dirt from entering your home. This can cause asthma attacks for anyone in your house who has asthma, and also pile a large amount of dust on your appliances and furniture. AC experts recommend that you change the filter at least once every three months to get the most efficient cooling.

Another part of the system that a technician will check is the AC coil. The coil contains the refrigerant that actually cools the air as it flows into the system. If the refrigerant is leaking, the HVAC unit will not cool sufficiently. Also, if the coil itself is dusty or full of grime, the technician may turn your AC off and scrub it away to allow for maximum efficiency.

In addition, your ducts should be free from dust. It is critical for homeowners to have their ducts cleaned at least once a year, because all the dust that the air filter is unable to catch will often fall into the ducts. This means that as the air blows through the vents, minuscule dust particles will also enter the air and settle in your house. By cleaning the ducts, you will be preventing a larger number of particles from getting through the vent.

So, in order to cool your house sufficiently this summer, be sure to have your HVAC system checked. And don’t forget to do this before the winter too — even the best water heaters won’t help you keep your house nice and toasty. To see more, read this:

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