There is nothing worse than living in South Florida and having your AC system stop working. In order to avoid this, there are some simple things that you as a homeowner can do to make sure you have a well functioning air conditioning system.
Your thermostat can cause many issues with your AC system if it is not working properly. The purpose of the thermostat is to read the temperature in the room. So, when a thermostat doesn’t work properly, it causes your system to start short cycling. At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, we recommend switching your current thermostat to a smart thermostat. These are the latest in HVAC technology and some of the benefits include:
Since they are more efficient, due to built in features like “learning abilities” which remembers the times you generally lower or raise the temperature in order to automate the process.
Allowing you to connect the thermostat to your home Wi-Fi, and then to a desired mobile phone or tablet. This allows you to control your home AC from anywhere. You can prepare your home to be nice and cool well before you arrive home from work.
These keep you on top of your HVAC game, because we all know that prevention is better than cure.
Allows you to monitor energy consumption weekly to see how your usage has been and to make smart changes in order to save on costs.
The benefits of regular maintenance on your HVAC system can prevent breaks and failures in the system, ensuring that you always have cool air and a comfortable home environment. Here are some simple tips to improve the efficiency of your AC system.
Replacing filters should be done every 1 to 2 months depending on the quality of the filter and also if your home has a lot of dust, pet hair, smoke, etc. You should inspect your filters regularly and then decide how often they need to be replaced. Clogged air filters mean that the AC needs to work harder to try and achieve the same level of function.
This should be done twice a year. Often it is difficult to know what to look out for. Having a licensed and experienced HVAC technician inspect your system can save you time and money. Fans can be checked and cleaned if they have excessive dust build up, and lubricating bearings and aligning belts can prevent wear and tear to the system in the long run.
Additionally, checking around the outside unit to make sure that there are no hedges that need trimming if they are touching the unit.
Faulty dampers are one of the most common problems that can go wrong with an HVAC system. Dampers should ideally be checked once a year.
If you would like to know how you can improve your home AC system, either with upgrades, new Smart Thermostat installations or a general maintenance plan, contact one of our HVAC specialists from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric today!
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