Originally published Oct. 31, 2019, updated Jan. 30, 2022
If you are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your Sterling, Virginia, HVAC system, there are plenty of tips you can try. Check out some of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your home comfortable year-round , while keeping your monthly utility bills at bay.
Install a Programmable Thermostat for System Efficiency
You are likely to waste a lot of energy, cooling your home when no one is there. You can prevent wasting energy when away, by installing a programmable thermostat. Many programmable thermostats can be set for daily and weekly programs and also have a vacation mode that can be switched on before leaving the house for longer periods of time. A smart thermostat can be controlled by your smart phone or other smart device from anywhere.
Make Sure You Regularly Change Your Filter
When you allow your filter to become dirty or clogged, it can inhibit the airflow through your system. When the airflow is reduced, your system will have to work harder to reach the desired temperature. The harder your system works, the more energy it will expend.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Free From Debris
Due to its outdoor location, dirt, debris, leaves, and branches can become caught in your outside unit. When this occurs, it can inhibit the condensing system, wasting energy. Make sure to trim back any branches that hang over the unit and keep grass and bushes trimmed back at least a foot around your system.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
To make sure that your system runs as efficiently as possible, it is important for it to be well-maintained. During annual maintenance, your HVAC technician will thoroughly clean all of your components, lubricate the belts, and repair any components that are damaged. They also will check your refrigerant levels and make sure that your airflow is unhindered. Once completed, your system will be running as efficiently as possible.
Want to help improve the efficiency of your system? Contact one of our specialists to schedule your maintenance service so your system is running as efficiently as possible.