The key to keeping your HVAC system energy-efficient is through maintenance. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't do anything to maintain their HVAC system after it is installed. Here are some tips to follow that will help keep the system running smoothly.
Change the Air Filter
Every forced-air HVAC system is going to have an air filter, and that filter can become absolutely filthy if it is ignored. All air flows through the filter, and having it covered with dust and debris is going to make it harder for the air to flow into the ductwork. Take the steps to swap out the air filter every single month to set your air conditioner up for success.
Clean the Ductwork And Vent Covers
You may be surprised at how much dust is collecting in the ductwork and on the vent covers. Much like with your air filter, this is a place where airflow can become diminished due to dust and debris causing a clog. It will help to use a vacuum cleaner to clean off the covers and suck up as much dust as possible. You may even need to remove the cover to access it from the rear side where dust is collecting. Wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove all of the dust.
While you have the vent cover open, take a look inside to see the status of your ductwork. Do the walls of the ductwork look like they're covered in dust? If so, you may want to hire a professional to give the inside of the ductwork a cleaning as well.
Clean the Evaporator Coil
Your air conditioner removes heat from the air by using an evaporator coil. The effectiveness of the evaporator coil can become diminished if it is covered in dust, which is typically due to a clogged air filter. Thankfully, cleaning this part is easy. All you need to do is spray it down with an evaporator coil cleaning solution and allow the scrubbing bubbles to work their way into the coils and get rid of the dirt on the surface. More of the surface will not be exposed to the air, which allows it to extract more heat in an efficient way.
Clear Debris from the Condenser
Your outdoor condenser unit also needs airflow to cycle the refrigerant through the system. Take a look at the plants that are growing around the condenser from time to time. Are they blocking the fins of the condenser? If so, you'll need to trim them to keep the air flowing so that the condenser stays cool while running.
Contact an HVAC contractor in your area to learn more today.