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5 Ways to Improve Your HVAC Efficiency

In order to improve the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system, regular maintenance by a trained professional is a necessity. It is important that you plan for a furnace tune-up in the fall and an AC tune-up in the spring using qualified professionals so that you can avoid the breakdown of your HVAC system during the year. In this article, you will learn more ways you can further improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Replace the air filter frequently

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You should frequently change the air filter of your HVAC system in order to improve air quality, avoid regular breakdowns, and generally improve its efficiency. You should always perform a monthly check on the filters and replace them if they are dirty.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

When you install a programmable thermostat, your HVAC system will be able to work more efficiently, saving you lots of energy. A programmable thermostat will help you to reduce the temperature when you are not at home, or when are asleep at night. They can also help you to create effective temperature zones within the house that allow the temperature to fit every household member’s preference while still improving efficiency.

Vacuum the Vents

Vacuuming the vents of your HVAC system can also go a long way to improve the efficiency of your system. When the vents are blocked with dust, it can result in poor airflow. This situation can make the thermostat send signals to your HVAC system to run more regularly, which leads to poor energy efficiency.

You should also consider using air purifiers in your home, especially if your vents can often be observed to be blocked by dust, dander, pet hair, or other debris both external and internal. 

Examine the Seals

Poor sealing in your home can allow the cool air inside from your home to move outside and be replaced with hot outside air. When cool air escapes from the inside of your home, it increases the work your HVAC system has to do.

Check around your home inspecting the stripping and caulking, especially at windows and doors, for any leaks. Get professionals to fix any leak if you find one immediately, or do it yourself if you can. This will go a long way to increase both the control of the temperature inside your home, and the energy efficiency and air quality you experience.

Get a home energy audit

Energy audits allow you to find out how much energy you are using in your home along with the efficiency of your HVAC system, while getting great recommendations on how to fix any problems that arise. This can also allow you to get to know a professional in the area, which is always a useful contact to have. 
Taking concrete steps to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system will help you to save lots of energy and can also save you a lot of money in the long run. Professionals can help, but even basic steps towards energy efficiency can mak