Keep the Air Filter Clean
The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. There are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air filter. Ask your Michigan HVACR Dealer where your air filter is located and which type of filter to use.
Keep Doors & Windows Closed
Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in winter and the cooling load in summer. Your system will operate more economically as a result.
Keep Vents & Grilles Unobstructed
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all supply vents and return grilles are free from obstruction. This will reduce the cooling and heating load on your system, providing more economical operation.
Avoid Excessive Use of Exhaust Fans
Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will make your system work harder, thus increasing energy consumption and costs. Keep costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans!
Use the 'Auto' Setting
Generally, it is best to set your indoor fan to 'Auto.' This costs less and provides better humidity control in the summer. However, if you desire to operate your system with constant air circulation, it is best to ask for advice from Michigan HVACR.
Control Direct Sunlight
Let the sun in during the winter, but keep the sun out during summer. In summer, direct sunlight increases the load on your cooling system. Use of window shades and awnings will reduce the amount of direct sunlight and lower the cooling load. In winter, direct sunlight reduces the load on your heating system. Open window shades and awnings to increase direct sunlight and lower the heating load.
Keep the Condenser Coil Clean
The condenser coil (the unit outside your house) should be kept clean to ensure efficient operation. If the condenser coil becomes restricted by dirt, lint, paper, grass clippings, leaves, or other debris, your system efficiency will deteriorate. We recommend that you use a garden hose to keep the condenser coil clean.
Insulate/Seal Air Ducts
Be sure all air ducts are well-insulated. Ducts should also be sealed with a vapor barrier.
Keep an Air-Tight House
Ensure maximum retention of heated or cooled air by adding insulation to your outside walls and attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors and/or insulated doors to prevent air leaks.
Properly Vent Clothes Dryers
Be sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outside. Also, ensure that your clothes dryer is vented away from your outdoor unit.
Buy a Programmable WIFI Thermostat
Seven-day programmable thermostats are best, as they give you the most control over when and how you heat and cool your home every day and hour of the year.
Keep Heat Away From the Thermostat
Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat. These include lamps, TVs, stereos, and computer equipment.
Change your batteries regularly.