It’s the middle of the summer in Maryland and that means over 90 degree temperatures. Staying cool and comfortable is becoming more of a daily struggle. You may have noticed that your HVAC unit has started acting up because you have neglected it for the past few months of temperate weather. Even if you are enjoying the weather, don’t neglect and take your home for granted. Maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning unit is a year round chore. Although routine service and maintenance from a professional HVAC repair company in Baltimore is essential, there are some small tasks that you should take on yourself as a homeowner. Listed below are our three tips to keeping your A/C unit working all summer long.
Don’t Forget the Filters
If your HVAC unit has old and dirty filters it could be negatively impacting you’re A/C unit as well as your overall home efficiency. Set a date every month that you replace your filters, remember you may have multiple vent filters scattered throughout your home. Consider purchasing a washable air filter that you can clean and then reuse. Look for filters with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating between 1-12 depending on your home environment and your particular air conditioning unit. Setting a day every month where you do this will help you not to forget or neglect your HVAC unit.
Program Your Thermostat
If you have a central air unit, consider installing a programmable thermostat and set the temperature higher when you know you will be away. Unless you are going to be away for more than 48 hours, don’t completely turn off the unit. When you return your HVAC unit’s compressor will have to work much harder to cool down your house again. If a programmable thermostat isn’t an option, you can buy a timer for your adjustable thermostat. Built-in timers usually cost around $15 at your local home improvement store.
Don’t Block the Compressor
You want to make sure that you do not obstruct you’re A/C systems compressor and condenser which is normally located right outside of your home close to the foundation. It is ideal if your condenser is installed on the east or north facing portion of the house as to avoid direct sunlight. This can increase home efficiency by as much as ten percent. Make sure to clear a path about two feet in radius to any obstacles such as tall grass or shrubbery. The compressor is the life blood of your HVAC unit and keeps refrigerant moving throughout the system. But don’t let this fool you; the compressor actually generates heat by putting the air conditioning refrigerant under high amounts of pressure.