Watching Those Filters

3 Common Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Air Conditioner System

From replacing broken windows and pressure washing outdoor areas, it is easy to see the challenges of home ownership. While these tasks are important for your home's appeal, function, and value, focusing on your home's heating and cooling system is smart for energy efficiency. Considering heating and air conditioning accounts for more than half of your home's total energy usage, ensuring it is in good working condition is key to your household's comfort and efficiency. Unfortunately, many homeowners make mistakes when it comes to installing, maintaining, and utilizing their heating and cooling. Using this guide, you can avoid these common mistakes with your HVAC system and enjoy efficient heating and cooling at home.

Improper Sizing

Size is important when choosing your heating and air conditioning equipment. When it is time to install new heating and air equipment, make sure to consider your new system's tonnage. The total tonnage refers to the amount of heat your air conditioning is capable of removing from inside your home each hour.

Each ton signifies approximately 12,000 BTU of heat removed from your home each hour, and an estimated 25 BTUs are needed to cool each square foot of your home. Using these calculations, a 2000 square foot home will need approximately 50,000 BTUs, which a 4-ton unit will offer.

Without installing a system with a sufficient amount of tonnage, your air conditioning system will struggle, decreasing efficiency and increasing monthly energy bills.

Improper Maintenance

You may already know that maintenance is necessary on your heating and cooling system, but you may not understand the different tasks that should be included. For your system to work effectively and efficiency, consider hiring professional technicians to complete seasonal tune-ups.

During these tune-ups, licensed HVAC technicians will first inspect your outdoor units for signs of distress or any buildup of dirt and debris. After cleaning the units, technicians will inspect the ductwork inside your ceiling, walls, crawlspace, and attic for damage or possible leaks. Repairs are made, if necessary.

Replacing your system's filters every 90 days is also important for allowing conditioned air to move freely into the home. Dirt, dust, and pet dander can get trapped inside the filters, blocking air flow and increasing the amount of energy your system will need to use to heat and cool your home. Technicians can replace your filters during the seasonal tune-ups. However, if your filters appear dark and discolored or if a member of the family suffers with allergies, consider replacing filters each month.

Improper Use

Leaving your system on to run while you are away at work may seem smart for a heated or cooled space when you arrive home, but this can be wasteful and damaging to your system. Utilizing a programmable thermostat is your best option for ensuring your home is heated and cooled properly without a great deal of waste.

Setting your thermostat back a few degrees for 8-hour periods of time will reduce your energy costs. This reduction in heating and cooling is smart while away from the home for work or school and while asleep at night. While surprising to hear, many thermostats allow you to set multiple programs. This allows you a truly customizable, energy efficient use of your heating and cooling system

In addition, replace the batteries in your programmable thermostat each year. This will ensure your thermostat settings work as programmed.

Proper installation, maintenance, and use are all important elements in energy efficient heating and cooling, but you may feel overwhelmed by the function and operation of your system. By hiring an HVAC contractor, such as those at Nova Air Conditioning & Heating, and avoiding these mistakes, your heating and cooling system will work in an effective, energy efficient manner.