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Stay Cool This Summer By Being Proactive

HVAC units get a workout in the summer. You can take steps to ensure your HVAC unit is ready to keep your home comfortable when it’s warmer outside. Regular maintenance checks can help your unit last longer, work more efficiently and keep your energy costs lower. Follow these steps to keep your HVAC unit working smoothly.

Check the ductwork
When you have leaky ductwork, you’re allowing conditioned air to escape. Seal any air leaks and tears in the ducts permanently with mastic or a rated metal duct tape. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can contact a professional.

Have your HVAC system inspected 
Doing this every six months will help your unit run properly throughout the year, including the higher demand seasons, like summer. During an inspection, a technician will typically check the motor, belts and the fan blade, lubricate moving parts, and identify any potential issues.

Change air filters regularly 
One of the most important – and easiest – things you can do is to check your air filters every 1-2 months. If they’re dirty, replace them right away. Clogged air filters restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder. Clean filters save 5-15% on your energy bill.

Give your HVAC  some space 
The more airflow your unit has, the more efficiently it can operate. Keep at least six feet of space above and two to three feet of space around your outdoor unit free from bushes, grass, a fence, or trash bins. Inside, avoid blocking indoor supply and return vents with furniture.

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