The summers in Connecticut can bring severe weather, including tornadoes, flooding, extreme heat, and other unfavorable weather conditions. You want your home to be as comfortable as possible. Before the extremely hot days and muggy nights occur, you need to get your HVAC system ready for summer. Here are different ways you can ensure your HVAC unit remains at its peak.
Focus On Your System’s Filter
The air filter is an essential part of your unit because it traps dust, rids your home of odors, and protects your HVAC unit. Depending on the type of unit you have, you might need a disposable or permanent air filter. Your unit’s air filter needs to be replaced at least once per month. You will need to change the filter more often if you have pets. Other types of air filters must be thoroughly cleaned once per month to ensure your HVAC unit remains effective.
Keep the Outdoor Area Clear
If your HVAC unit is outside your home, it’s important to make sure the area surrounding the unit is clean and free from debris, such as twigs, leaves, and other types of debris. If there are plants, branches, or similar items that are blocking your unit, clear them immediately. You don’t want plants, bushes, or trees growing too close to the HVAC unit.
You also need to make sure that all the leaves are removed from the unit and away from it, especially during autumn. If you wait until spring to do all your cleaning and required HVAC maintenance, debris that has collected year-round in the unit can become stuck in the unit’s interior, making it a hassle to clean. One of the best ways to avoid debris from collecting in your unit is to have approximately two feet of open space surrounding the HVAC unit.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
One thing you can do to save money on your heating and cooling costs is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your air conditioning schedule whether you are at home, work, or anywhere else in the world. You can adjust the temperature in your home based on the weather and create a schedule that keeps the inside of your home comfortable. These thermostats help you save money and prevent the air conditioner from overhauling itself during the warmest months.
Maximize the Air Flow in Your Home
You can maximize the airflow in your home in different ways, such as tabletop, ceiling, and floor fans. If you have ceiling fans, set them to rotate clockwise during the summer, so the air can flow downward. The downward airflow prevents heat from rising into the upper levels of your home and makes your air conditioner work harder. It’s a good idea to have smaller types of fans throughout your home to maximize the airflow in your home.