Change your air filters at least four times a year. This will keep your HVAC system from being overworked and more importantly ensures that your family is breathing cleaner air.
- Run your ceiling fans during the summertime to stay cooler. Make sure your fans are going in the right direction. During the summertime, your fans should be set on “forward”, where the blades are rotating counter-clockwise, in the winter set your fan to turn clockwise to keep your warm air circulating. Most fans have a switch on the base to control airflow direction.
- Use blinds, shades, etc. to cover windows facing the sun. White shades or blinds reflect heat away from your house. This will keep your house cooler and conserve energy.
- Electronics, appliances, and lighting generate heat. Avoid placing these items near your air conditioner’s thermostat because they may cause the air conditioner to think it is warmer than it really is. Your system will run longer than it should be and will waste energy.
When to change your Air Filter
Air filters work to protect your air conditioning system and the indoor air quality in your home. Changing the air filters in your home on a regular basis will not only protect the mechanical equipment but also ensure your own quality of life.
A pleated air filter will over time collect a good amount of dust and other contaminants in its pleats, which is why we don’t recommend pleated filters. Other air filters will also collect a good amount of dust and other contaminants and will need to be replaced. You should inspect your HVAC systems air filters at least every 90 days. Inspect your air filter every month if you live in one of these conditions:
- Pets, large family or someone who has allergies
- Smoking in the home
- Use of a fireplace
- Accumulation of a lot of dust
- Hardwood or Tile Flooring