Tips and Tricks for Your Heating and Cooling System
Top tip for improving and maintaining your air conditioning system
One of the easiest ways to keep your home comfortable this summer is to make sure your air filter is clean. A clean air filter creates less resistance for air, allowing it to flow more freely through your air conditioning system. This will make your home more comfortable, while also helping you spend less on energy because the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard.
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Sunglasses for your house: Tinting Windows With a Solar-Reflective Film
If you have windows that receive direct sunlight, consider having them tinted with a solar-reflective film. Curtains and blinds can go a long way towards keeping the light out, but solar film will help reflect heat as well. Which can reduce the load placed upon your air conditioner.
Use cooler bulbsTinting, curtains and blinds can keep out the heat, but they can also keep out the light. And it doesn’t make sense to shut out the sunlight if you’re just going to warm your home up with bright, hot incandescent light bulbs. Switching to cooler CFL or LED light bulbs won’t just save you energy, it can also lower the amount of heat in your home.
Insulate yourself from the heat
Attic insulation isn’t just about keeping the cold out during winter. Proper insulation also helps keep the heat from your roof and attic from entering your home and ruining your cool comfort. Insulation is a smart decision in any season, really, though you’ll most appreciate the extra comfort and energy savings during extreme heat or cold.
Why bother with a programmable thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help you use less energy by running your air- conditioning system less often when you’re not home. But if the changes in your schedule are too drastic – for example, letting the temperature in your home go up by 25 degrees when you’re gone—your system will have to work harder to restore comfort when you return. Work with Nev's Heating & Cooling to find a schedule that’s energy-efficient, without huge daily temperature swings.
Replacing your A/C? Consider a home comfort system
After a long, distinguished career, your air conditioner is ready to retire.
You’ve shared a lot of summers together, but the inefficiency, high temperatures and uncomfortable indoor humidity have made it time to say goodbye. Don’t think of it as a hassle, think of it as an opportunity.
Should you replace the entire system, or just one part?
Anytime you need to repair or replace a part of your home’s heating and air-conditioning system, ask yourself a few questions. Are you spending a lot on repairs on a regular basis? Is your system more than just a few years old? How high are your energy bills? A new system may be a smart decision for many reasons.
Does old automatically mean inefficient?
With the continuing advancement of home comfort technology, equipment is becoming more energy efficient. A new system may offer you substantial energy savings even if your current system is only a few years old.
Balancing your HVAC system for peak performance
By replacing your entire system, rather than just a single component, you get equipment that’s been designed to work together. Because of this compatibility, you’ll enjoy greater energy efficiency and optimized comfort.
It’s just like replacing a flat tire on your car. Using one tire of a different size would reduce the performance of the entire vehicle.
Know the parts of a home comfort system
When you understand how a home comfort system works, it’s easy to understand why a matched system can offer greater energy savings and comfort.
The air conditioner or heat pump. Found outdoors, the air conditioner or heat pump connects to the furnace or air handler to cool air in the summer and, in the case of a heat pump, warm air in the winter.
The thermostat. The brains of the entire operation, the thermostat coordinates heating and cooling based on the temperature you set indoors. Programmable thermostats allow your system to heat or cool on a schedule, saving energy when you’re not home.
Indoor air quality. For even healthier, more comfortable air, an effective air cleaning system is a must.
5 easy ways to keep your furnace happy
Your furnace works every day of the year. During winter, it warms and circulates the air. During summer, it still has the important task of circulating cooled air. Help keep it running at its peak with these helpful tips.
Regular Filter Changes
If your furnace uses disposable filters, a good rule of thumb is to change them every 1-3 months unless you have an annual filter. Homes in dusty or dry climates should change their filters more frequently to preserve furnace performance and air quality.
Regular system checkups by a professional.If you don’t perform regular maintenance on your car, eventually it will break down. Your furnace is the same way. A regular inspection by Nev's Heating & Cooling will make sure your furnace runs at its best. This has several benefits:
- It costs less energy to heat and cool your home
- Small problems are detected early before they turn into big problems
- Your home stays more comfortable
Keep your intake pipe clear
If you have a high-efficiency furnace, look for the intake and exhaust pipes on the exterior of your home. Make sure they’re free of ice, snow, and other obstructions like bird nests or insects. If you cannot easily check the status of your pipe, Nev's Heating & Cooling to do it for you.
Use a programmable thermostat
Reduce use even when you’re home.
Smarter thermostats make sense
Learn more about keeping your furnace healthy from Nev's Heating & Cooling.
Equipment requires regular scheduled maintenance to hold your parts and labour warranties. Check your manuals for warranty requirements.