When your home’s HVAC system runs well, it’s easy to not remember it still requires regular maintenance to continue running smoothly. As a homeowner, there’s a lot you can do to make sure you stay cool in your home during the middle of the summer in Phoenix and that you’re warm when it’s cooler outside.
Here are a few simple tips to try on your own:
- Remember that people generate heat. So lower the thermostat a degree or two if you’re expecting family to visit during our mild Arizona winters or if you’re expecting to entertain a large group of guests.
- Find the places where air can sneak into your home, including around outlet covers, and caulk or use weather-stripping around these areas, as well as around all entrance doors and windows.
- Make sure fireplaces have tight-fitting dampers, which can be closed to keep cold winter air – or hot air in the summer – from entering your home when the fireplace is not in use.
- You can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you regularly change your unit’s air filter.
- Ensure there’s at least two feet of clearance around your outdoor unit for maximum air flow.
- To assure proper air flow inside the home, don’t block vents or ducts.
- A programmable thermostat will allow you to keep your home’s temperature constant and can easily be set to warm up the house in the morning during the winter or cool your house down before you get home from work in the summer.
If you’ve done the DIY stuff and still spend more than you like on heating or cooling your home, call John’s! We’ll make you feel comfortable, all the way around.