One of your biggest monthly expenses could be your residential utility bills. Homeowners obviously don't love paying these bills, especially if they seem to get bigger year after year. It is very common for an HVAC system to become less efficient and more expensive to operate over the years. As a result, homeowners struggle to deal with the ever-increasing utility bills. However, the large majority of the most common causes of an inefficient HVAC system are easily fixed. In fact, some basic preventative measures can help to keep up the efficiency of your HVAC system. This article explains two preventative HVAC jobs that can ultimately save you money.
1. Covering Your AC Unit
Covering your air conditioner during the winter, or whenever you are using it for an extended period of time is very important. The air conditioner, since is located outside of your house, is perhaps the most vulnerable to wear and tear. This is especially true for homeowners who live in regions where it snows during the winter. Keeping snow buildup off of your air conditioning unit can ultimately protect it and help it to last longer. Snow can also cause the metal to rust. The exterior aluminum sheets, which are part of the condensing system, line the outside of the unit.
Keeping your unit covered no matter where you live is ultimately going to save you money in the long run. However, you don't necessarily need to cover your AC unit if you are just not going to use it for a couple of days. But, if you're going out of town for a month or so (during any season), you want to make sure it is covered. Just make sure you remove the cover before you start up the air conditioner again.
2. Replacing the Air Return Filter
The air return filter is very important because they blocked us that would otherwise get circulated into your furnace and then recirculated throughout your home. Keeping your air return filters as clean as possible is very easy. The work itself is not technically demanding or time-consuming. The bigger problem is that the air return filter is out of the way and out of sight. As a result, homeowners usually just don't think to replace their air filters in time. Many air filters only have a three to six-month lifespan, yet homeowners will often go several years before they ever replace them.
Contact a company like Vigil Air for more information and assistance.