Although winter in Tampa Bay isn’t as dramatically cold as in other areas, energy costs can still get expensive if you aren’t careful. With just a few simple steps you can easily decrease your energy usage and save on household costs this winter.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
To run efficiently, your HVAC system should be properly maintained. Routinely check your air filter for dust and debris. Pick a specific day of the month on which to check your filter each time it rolls around. Keep extra filters on hand so you can quickly change them out when they get dusty or every 90 days (whichever comes first). Dirty filters raise energy bills by increasing the force needed to push air through.
Many homes now have programmable thermostats. If yours does not, consider upgrading to one. If you are lucky enough to have one, make sure to use it! Program the thermostat to lower the temperature when you are away from home and to come back on right before you arrive. Some thermostats can even be controlled remotely via an app or website. What great benefits of the digital age!
Annual HVAC Inspection
Each year, prior to the cold season, schedule an annual HVAC inspection with a reputable HVAC service company. A technician will come to your home and check thermostat settings, tighten connections, lubricate parts, and check drains and system controls. Many companies offer annual maintenance plans that encompass these services and more. By having an annual inspection, you can make sure problems are spotted when they begin to form and avoid costly repairs later!
AC Coil Cleaning and Inspection
Air conditioning and heating units use both inside and outside coils to heat and cool your home. Even in the cleanest environment with frequent filter changes, these coils can become dirty and require cleaning. Only a professional should clean your coils to avoid damage to the unit or potential injury. Ideally, your coils should be cleaned twice a year. Many maintenance plans offer coil cleaning in addition to annual inspections.
Contact Blair’s Air for More Home Costs Savings Tips
Contact the Tampa Bay area air conditioning specialists at Blair’s Air to request an annual inspection or to ask about our available maintenance plans. We are always happy to answer questions and can quickly send one of our highly trained technicians to your home to service