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5 HVAC Tips Your Dad Would Love
5 HVAC Tips Your Dad Would Love
June 19, 2020
Impress your dad this Father’s Day with some HVAC tips and tricks he would love! This guide by the pros at American Air and Heat has all the important information you need to ensure your dad’s HVAC unit is ready to provide the cooling and comfort he deserves this summer!
1. Consider a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat will not only make a great Father’s Day gift, but it can also vastly improve an HVAC system’s efficiency. Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule temperatures on a weekly or daily basis, giving you greater control over your temperature. Smart thermostats have similar features as programmable thermostats, but they also allow remote control through smart phone apps. So, you don’t even have to be home to set your temperature! In addition to that, a lot of smart thermostats have features like maintenance reminders, energy-usage reports and even sensors.
2. Seal Up
Inspect for any air leaks around your father’s home, especially doors and windows. Air leaks can worsen indoor air quality, force your air conditioner to work overtime and lead to a lot of energy loss. You can prevent air leaks by properly sealing up common air leak spots. If you notice the caulking and weatherstripping around the doors and windows is wearing out, re-caulk any cracks and gaps and replace the weatherstripping. You can get new material from your nearest home improvement store and can easily add new weatherstripping by yourself.
3. Consider Professional Maintenance
Treat your father to professional HVAC maintenance. While DIY maintenance is a great starting point, having a professional inspect and tune-up your unit can make a real difference. Professional maintenance is a great way to ensure better performance and prevent major problems in the future.
4. Try Out This Thermostat Technique
According to the Department of Energy, you can save 10% on cooling per year if you turn your thermostat up 7-10 degrees from its usual setting for 8 hours a day. If you find that your father is trying to save up on heating and cooling, try this technique out and check in a month later to see a difference on the energy bill.
5. Clean the Outdoor Unit
The outdoor condenser unit is often ignored, but it happens to be a really important component of your air conditioner. If your dad hasn’t had the time to inspect it, take the reigns and clean it for him! Make sure you trim any vegetation around the unit and ensure a clearance of 2 feet around it. For a thorough cleaning, use coil cleaner and water to clean up the exterior of the condenser. Be careful not to bend the fins when you do this.