Winter is in full effect across most of the country, but there is still time to give your furnace a checkup before the season takes a turn for the worse. There are a few basic steps you can take to keep your system running efficiently during the winter time. A replacement air filter is one step, but you’re sure to see savings in your energy bill after you use these tips.
Over time, it’s common for the evaporator and condenser coils to collect dirt that will reduce air flow. Layers of dust build up very quickly, so it’s crucial to check these coils throughout the year. Try to minimize dirt near the condenser coil, and remove any brush or shrubs near the outdoor unit. This should help cut down on dirt accumulation. Also check that the coil fins have not been bent, and that there is plenty of unrestricted air flowing into the ducts.
Create a routine to replace your heater filters on a regular basis. Shoot for every three months, but you can let this time period drag out a bit without too many harmful consequences. The impact of a clogged filter can cause your heating to run at a 15% higher rate than normal. That drives your energy bills higher as your system taxes its resources, hastening the time it takes for the motor to break down.
Calling a Tech
You should always call a technician to check refrigerant levels, and to verify that the heating and cooling systems are working simultaneously.
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