During this time of year, many of us take the time to do spring cleaning around the house. When you’re working your way through your to-do list, don’t forget about one often overlooked area of your home: the HVAC unit.
With a little extra attention, you can help prepare your HVAC for the warmer weather before it hits so that your system works more efficiently and helps you save money on cooling costs.
HVAC spring maintenance checklist
Clear out the area around the unit. Ideally, there should be at least 3 feet of clear space around all sides of your outdoor unit for maximum efficiency. Take a few minutes to pick up leaves, branches and other debris that may be piled up around the unit.
Check for damage. Once you’ve cleaned the area, take a look at the pipes that connect the unit to your house. Is there any visible damage? If you notice deterioration from sun or pests, contact a professional to schedule repair work.
Change the air filters. When your air filters get clogged with dust and debris, it makes it harder for your HVAC to work efficiently. Replace the filters monthly to help prevent damage to the system over time.
Consider getting the ducts cleaned. If you notice dust accumulation in your home even after changing out the filters, it might be time to schedule a professional duct cleaning to help clear out your duct system.
Other ways to help your HVAC
Once you’ve shown some love to your HVAC, join one of our energy efficiency programs to help save you even more money on your electric bill.
• Load management: A load control switch will cycle off your AC on the most extreme summer weekday afternoons during times of high energy use. You’ll use less energy and receive bill credits during the summer months.
• Smart thermostat savings program: If you have a Nest thermostat, you can allow Piedmont Electric to adjust your home’s temperature by a few degrees on only the hottest weekday afternoons through your home’s WiFi. Of course, you can always adjust the thermostat back if you choose. This programs gives you a $50 sign-up rebate, bill credits in the summer and helps lower your energy use.
• Time-of-day rates: Pay a lower rate for the energy you use during times of low energy use for our co-op. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set a schedule to have it turn off during on-peak hours.