Heating and cooling your home can be one of your biggest monthly expenses. You will probably notice that your electricity bill spike when you are relying on your furnace or air conditioner on a daily basis. Of course, in some climates, you can't really avoid daily usage of these electricity-hogging appliances. But, there are a few effective ways that you can increase the efficiency of your heater and air conditioner. This article explains a small project that can make your system more efficient by improving airflow:
Finding and Checking the Air Filters
If you want to maximize the airflow in your HVAC system, you need to start with the air filters. The most important is the in-duct filters. These filters, when they are dirty and not changed on a regular basis, can reduce airflow. While changing the filters is pretty simple, you need to find them first. Some people have no idea where the air filters are because they only have them serviced by professional HVAC technicians.
There's nothing wrong with having your HVAC system professionally serviced, but the problem is that most people forget to have their system serviced on a regular basis. The result is that their filters get dirty, slowing down airflow and reducing the quality of the air blowing into their rooms. This is why it is so helpful to know where your air filters are. You may need to check multiple registers to find where the filters are. In some cases, you can clearly see the filter through the register vents. However, to be 100% certain, you may need to remove the registers and look inside.
Replacing the Filters
You can buy cheap replacements and easily do the work yourself. All you really need to replace air filters is a screwdriver to remove the register from the wall. Most homes, especially if I have multiple stories, will have multiple air filters.
If you find your filters and they seem to be clean and in good condition, you shouldn't necessarily change them. Most filters have an indicator that will change colors when they need to be replaced. To make sure you get the right replacement filter, it a good idea to take your old filter to the store with you. Air filters are usually very similar in size, but you need to have the exact right model for your air ducts, or else the filter won't work.
Air filters are vital to the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning, so you might as well check them now. Contact a company like A One Heating & Air Conditioning for more information and assistance.