A ton of information is out there about the best way to maintain your Brazos Valley AC system, especially as technological improvements advance newer units. Separating fact from fiction can be tricky, between “tips” about filter changes, HVAC maintenance scheduling and efficient practices.
Air Filters Don’t Need To Be Changed
The Truth: Even if you clean your home often, your air filters will still get dirty over time. Checking and changing them at least once every three months is essential to keeping your system operating at its best for as long as possible, especially if you have indoor pets.
Clean filters allow for maximum airflow to/from your unit and keep harmful particles out of it, and your home. Using fresh filters will save you money on your utility bill and in reduced repair costs. They are inexpensive, can be found at your local hardware store and are easy to replace.
If you need help with your filters or have questions about which type you should use, give us a call!
To Cool Quickly, Lower The Thermostat
The Truth: Your air conditioner’s cooling power isn’t based on your thermostat’s set temperature. It’s based on the system itself, so it will work at the same level no matter what you set the temperature at, just for a different amount of time.
Setting the temperature lower than you need will make your unit run for a longer amount of time than leaving it alone. And if you forget that you’ve lowered it, you’ll remember when you see your high energy bill. Programmable thermostats are a helpful tool if you want to adjust the temperature throughout the day to save energy but still be comfortable when you’re home.
AC Size Doesn’t Matter
The Truth: The size and shape of your home determine what size HVAC equipment is best-suited to it. An air conditioning unit that is too small will wear down quickly because it has to run longer and work harder to cool the space. One that is too big will cool your house too fast and will start/stop frequently each day, which can also lead to a premature breakdown.
A professional technician can help you figure out what size is best for your space.
Use Your System Until It Completely Quits
The Truth: There’s no denying that an AC replacement is an immediate, expensive purchase. But, continuing to use an old, struggling unit will cost you more money in repairs and utility bills. It won’t run efficiently, so will use more energy to keep your space at the same temperature or, in some cases, still won’t meet your comfort needs.
Replacing an old system, before it breaks down for good, will save you money in the long run.
HVAC Maintenance Is Unnecessary
The Truth: Seasonal tune-ups are the best way to ensure your unit always operates at peak performance and efficiency. During maintenance visits, technicians identify and fix minor issues that can easily become major, expensive repairs if ignored.
Rely On The Professionals
At Barker’s Heating & Cooling, we can answer any questions and address any HVAC issues you have. Since 1974, we have offered high-quality craftsmanship and expertise to College Station and can handle any project you throw our way.