Home HVAC: How to Stay Cool and Improve Air Quality

When you turn on your air conditioner, you want cool, comfortable air to blow the moment you flip on the switch. Regular maintenance will help keep dirt and grime at bay and keep the air clean and flowing. These simple tips till help you stay cool and improve your air quality.

Ceiling and room fans

Even when using air conditioning, using ceiling and room fans can help circulate air and keep a room comfortable. A bonus is that you can set your air conditioning higher, and still feel comfortable and cool.

Close off vents

Close off vents in the basement or attic to prevent air flow in those empty rooms. This will ensure that the rest of the house will benefit with more cool air.

Remember to clean fans and ducts

One reason for poor air circulation could are dirty fans and ducts. Regularly cleaning air vents and ducts will improve air quality, as well as make your room more comfortable. Professionals like those at C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning are able to clean out the air vents and ducts. This regular maintenance will help protect coils, fans and motors clogging up due to debris and dust that has been gathering over time.

Don’t forget to replace filters

Often, filters are sporadically replaced or forgotten. This is especially important if you own a pet, as filters will get dirty faster. Creating a schedule to regularly change your filters will help ensure clean, comfortable air. While traditional filters last longer, hypo allergenic filters will need to be replaced more often. Convenient reusable filters are low maintenance. They simply require a bit of cleaning and rinsing out before returning the filters back into the unit.

Clean the area around the HVAC unit

Go outside and check the area around the HVAC unit. Leaves, mud, grass clippings, and natural debris can potentially get into the unit, and prevent clear ventilation. Take out the hose and wash down the entire unit. Clip the overgrown grass and trim down the weeds. Keeping this area clean will help keep the air flow from being restricted.

Replace your thermostat

Sometimes the HVAC system is not functioning as well as it could be because the thermostat is faulty. If the house feels abnormally cold or warm when you set the thermostat, this could indicate that the thermostat is not working properly. The newer high-tech thermostats are programmable and easy to use. You can program to have cold air when you are at home, saving energy and money.

Lizzie Weakley, the author of this article, is a freelance writer.

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