Chicago’s weather can vary from hot, humid summers to winters that dip below zero. This means that heavy use of your HVAC system is all but unavoidable to keep your home comfortable. But you can help keep your heating and cooling costs as low as possible by maximizing the efficiency of your HVAC system. Here are some tips that can help.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Keeping your home cooler in the winter while you’re away and warmer in the summer can significantly affect your utility costs, reducing them by up to 10%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
A smart thermostat makes it easy to automatically change your home’s temperature with remote programming from a cellphone. Some models can even adapt to your schedule themselves by tracking occupancy with infrared sensors. Programmable thermostats offer similar benefits, though they’re a bit more complex to configure.
Change the Air Filter Often
Your furnace and AC unit can both suffer from reduced performance if the air filter is dirty or clogged. To keep your heating and cooling equipment running at peak efficiency, check the air filter monthly and replace it whenever it looks dirty.
Most fiberglass filters need to be replaced every three months, while pleated and high-efficiency filters can last six months or longer.
Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Good airflow is essential to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. During the cooling season, keep a two-foot area around the AC condenser unit free of tall grass, shrubs, and debris.
In your home, keep the area around the AC evaporator and the furnace clean, dusted, and free of debris. Also, be sure none of the HVAC vents are blocked by furniture or curtains and that they’re free of obstructions like toys, dust, and debris.
Schedule Maintenance Twice a Year
Prevent breakdowns and keep your heating and cooling systems running at their best with preventative HVAC maintenance twice a year. A visit in the fall will ensure your furnace is ready for the cold while preparing your air conditioner for the off-season. A spring visit will prepare your air conditioner for summer while ensuring your furnace is maintained after the long heating season.
A typical maintenance visit includes tasks like replacing the air filter, cleaning the burners on a furnace, checking the refrigerant levels on an AC unit, cleaning the blower fan assemblies, and testing thermostats and fan motors.
Schedule Repairs Promptly
If you notice a problem with your HVAC system that affects its performance or efficiency, schedule furnace or AC repairs as soon as possible. This will help minimize energy costs by addressing problems quickly and preventing further system damage.
Upgrade to a More Energy-Efficient System
Older furnaces are often rated at less than 70% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), meaning that 70% of the fuel they use is converted to heat for your home. Modern furnaces start at an AFUE of 80%, and the best models are rated at 97% AFUE or higher.
Similarly, older air conditioners had a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 13 or less, while today’s models have SEER ratings of 13 to well over 20. This means better comfort and lower energy costs for the life of the system.
Schedule HVAC Service & Repairs in Orland Park & Mokena
When you need a skilled team to keep your furnace and air conditioning systems running as efficiently as possible, turn to our experts at Comfort Zone Service. We have provided HVAC maintenance, repairs, and replacements throughout Chicago’s southwest suburbs since 1988.
We feature experienced, NATE-certified technicians, clean, courteous service, and fast response times. No job is too small, and we service all common brands and models.
Call 630-426-6796 today or contact us online for help servicing your HVAC system and keeping it efficient.