The summer heat has definitely come to Little Rock. With highs in the high 80s and into the 90s, your HVAC system is working overtime. Keeping it running smoothly will ensure that your home or business stays comfortable until the cool winds of autumn arrive.
Here are some tips you can use to keep your HVAC in Little Rock running smoothly:
- Change your air filters: Your HVAC system is going to be running overtime as the summer heat builds. To function properly, the system needs a clean flow of air. If that flow is hampered by dirty, clogged filters, the system has to work harder, which drives up your energy bills while causing excessive wear. That is why keeping your air filters clean is so important. Change them or clean them once a month.
- Get a programmable thermostat: When no one is at home, there is no need to have the house as cold as when you are at home. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the schedule your system follows 24/7. When you are not home, you can set the temperature higher. When it is close to time for you to come home, the HVAC system will bring the temperature down to your ideal norm. A big bonus is that you can do the same during the winter, saving on heating costs year round.
- Have your HVAC inspected at least once a year: Even if your HVAC system is running smoothly, you need to have basic maintenance done to keep it that way. A certified HVAC technician can complete the inspection and maintenance within an hour or so. That bit of time, once a year, will help prolong the life of the system and keep your energy costs down.
- Close your blinds during the summer afternoons: When you open up the blinds and drapes, the heat from the sun can come into the house. To keep your home cool, shut those window coverings, especially in the afternoons or on the sunny side of the house. This will help lower your cooling bills and prevent excessive wear on your HVAC in Little Rock.
- Use ceiling and floor fans: When air moves across your skin, it makes it feel cooler than it really is. That is known as the evaporative effect. When you turn on a fan, ceiling or floor, you can move the air about, making everyone in the room more comfortable. This allows you to set your air conditioner a degree or two up, saving on energy costs.
- Clean your air vents and grates: This goes back to the need for an HVAC system to have a smooth flow of air. When your vents and grates are not clean, air flow is hampered. A few minutes cleaning those vents and grates, once a month, will help keep that air flowing freely.
These tips will definitely keep your HVAC system running smoothly this summer. If you need to have someone come out and inspect your unit, call on us here at Russell & May. We are available 24/7 for all your HVAC in Little Rock!