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HVAC Maintenance Tips: 7 Ways to Keep Cool and Cut Costs

It’s 70 degrees in Denver as we write this article — the perfect spring day. Many of us are opening windows and enjoying the fresh air. Plus, with overnight lows in the 40s and 50s, chances are you haven’t turned on the heat much in your house recently.

There’s no question that spring allows Colorado homeowners to save on utility costs. And these days, we appreciate any opportunity to keep more of our money. 

Trust us, though, summer-like temperatures will be here in no time. That means you’ll have to prepare your air conditioner sooner than later. What you don’t want is for your HVAC system to break down when you need it most.

Here are some tips to consider as you perform your A/C tune-up, as suggested by Money Talks News.

Change the filters

You’d be surprised by the number of homeowners who forget about changing their filters. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests replacing your filters every month or two. Doing so ensures your family is breathing clean air and helps your system run at peak efficiency — saving you money.

Put in a programmable thermostat

Are you tired of constantly having to turn your thermostat on and off? With a programmable thermostat, you can give your HVAC system a break when you’re out of the house. You shouldn’t need more than a few minutes to install yours and it’ll provide energy savings right away.

Clean the outside unit

It’s been a long winter for your HVAC unit. Between all the mud, dust, and debris, the unit has probably never been dirtier. Fortunately, a little spring cleaning goes a long way.

Take the time to spray down the outside of the unit and clean its fins. For the fins, try using a toothbrush while doing your best not to bend the metal. Keep in mind that there are ways to straighten the fins if you notice that any are damaged.

Get rid of debris around the unit

You may not think that a rose bush or pile of leaves can impact your air conditioner’s performance. But it can! So start making a habit of removing anything that’s blocking your unit. This is another small thing that will pay off (literally) in the summer months to come.

Inspect the coolant lines

You’re almost to the point where you can turn on your air conditioner for the first time. Once you’re done cleaning the unit and the area around it, you’re ready to check the coolant lines.

HomeTips explains that the refrigerant pipes or tubes “that run from the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside are typically covered with foam coolant line insulation to prevent them from losing energy.” You’ll need to replace any spots where the insulation is missing or frayed by installing foam insulation sleeves. Contact a professional if you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own (more on that in a bit).

Test the unit

First things first: Make sure your HVAC unit is completely dry before turning it. Then turn off the thermostat before turning on the power at the main panel and the disconnect box. The last thing should be setting the thermostat to COOL.

Call an HVAC technician 

Let’s say you followed the above steps but find that your A/C isn’t working properly. The good news is that since you were proactive about preparing your unit for summer, you have time to fix what’s wrong. But how do you know which HVAC expert to call?

As you would do when hiring other contractors, spend some time browsing company websites. In the case of a faulty air conditioner, you’ll only want to do business with an industry veteran. Then come up with a shortlist of candidates and make your decision based on customer reviews.

Start your home buying journey

It’s nearly impossible to enjoy summer in Colorado without having a functioning HVAC system. But what else can help you and your family be more comfortable this time of year?

How about relaxing in a home of your own?

Even in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, American Home Agents remains dedicated to our clients. We have a number of protective measures in place, including virtual showings. You’ll see that we’ll not only go above and beyond to keep you safe, but also turn your homeownership dream into reality. 

Why delay your home buying aspirations? Those who begin the process now could benefit from less competition.

Reach out to American Home Agents at (303) 695-5900.

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