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Is it Time to Upgrade Your HVAC Before Summer Hits?

Home Efficiency
May 04, 2016

Don’t wait until it’s sweltering outside and inside to think about your HVAC. As the year’s hottest months are right around the corner, you might want to take a look at making seasonal upgrades to your central AC this spring – or even consider buying a new unit if yours is past its prime.

Small Upgrades to Your AC

One of the simplest ways to improve your air conditioning unit’s performance is by replacing the filter. If it’s clogged and dirty, installing a new one can improve your unit’s energy efficiency by 5 to 15 percent.

Filters come in grades, from low to high, indicating their ability to effectively snag particles and pollutants. Also, depending on the type of filter you have, it may be recommended that you replace it every 30 to 90 days, especially if you live in a dusty area or you have a pet or two. See a quick tip from a HERO contractor on replacing your unit’s filter.

Another way to keep your AC in tip-top shape is to clean the coils. The condenser coil, which is located in the AC unit outside your house, can get dirty as leaves and other types of debris fall into the unit. You might want to have a technician do this for you.

Energy Efficiency of New AC Units

Now, if your AC unit is old or on the fritz, then it may be time to replace it as the best option for long-term savings. The most efficient air conditioners today use 30-50% less energy than air conditioners from the mid-1970s. Even replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner has the potential to save you 20-40% on cooling costs. Learn how HVAC systems work and the different options available to prepare for shopping for a new unit.  

Other Options to Beat the Heat

Not every home has an air conditioner, or even needs one. Still, it’s nice to have some way of cooling down your house when the heat waves hit. Here are a couple of alternate options:

  • Whole house fan – A whole house fan works by pushing warm air out through the attic and the roof, and drawing cool air in through open windows. You turn it on in the morning or the evening when the outside temperature is cool, so this type of fan obviously works best in areas with hot days and cool nights.
  • Attic fan – Unlike a whole house fan, an attic fan is used during the day to push hot air out of the attic through the fan and draw cool air through attic vents. This will keep the house cooler by lowering the amount of heat coming from the attic through the ceiling.

Using the technique that’s right for you, you can stay cool this summer without breaking the bank – even when faced with record-high temperatures! For more information on our financing options, head to the Get Financing page.