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In Chicago you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your furnace and ac air conditioning system. Its components are usually housed out of sight in the basement, in a closet, on rooftops or in mechanical rooms, making them easy to ignore until something goes wrong. Just like any other piece of complex machinery, your furnace and air conditioning system requires regular maintenance to remain in top working condition. The following guidelines will help maintain your heating and cooling system's performance all year long no matter where you are in the Chicago metropolitan area:
Change or clean your air filters. If you use disposable air filters, change them once a month. If you use electrostatic filters or an electronic air cleaner, follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.
Look at your landscaping. Properly placed plants can save you money. Plant trees and shrubs so that they shade your air conditioner unit during the cooling season but do not block its airflow. This will help the unit run more efficiently. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an air conditioner uses about 10% less electricity when working in the shade.
Clean up the area around your outdoor unit. Clear away anything that could block airflow, such as weeds, plants leaves, trash or other debris.
Clean everything indoors, too. Clear dust and dirt away from registers and vacuum return air grilles. A clean system works better, lasts longer and uses less electricity. Reduced airflow wears your home cooling system out.
Seal the leaks. Seal leaks in your duct work, attic vents and around windows, doors and other openings to make sure the warm air stays inside your house.
Check your downstairs registers. Make sure all main level registers are fully open and not blocked by furniture, throw rugs or other objects to allow consistent airflow throughout the house.
Schedule a check-up. Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure peak performance all year long. A professional check-up from Wallin Heating & Cooling will address routine maintenance tasks you should not attempt yourself, such as checking refrigerant levels, checking for gas leaks, measuring airflow, checking and cleaning internal system components, checking electrical connections and more. Regular maintenance will keep expensive repairs at a minimum.
Consider scheduling a check-up for your air conditioning system in the spring and a check-up for your furnace system in the fall.
A well-maintained furnace and air conditioning system will operate more efficiently, consume less energy and last longer. Call Wallin Heating & Cooling at 773-896-5761 to schedule a check-up.
Did you know as much as half of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling in Chicago? You can take these steps to help reduce your energy bill all year long:
1. Lock your windows.
The window lock presses the weather stripping tightly together to give you a better seal and keep conditioned air inside your home.
2. Shut your garage door.
Your garage provides a buffer between your house and the outdoors. With the door closed, it will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, avoiding adding any additional stress on your heating and cooling system.
3. Draperies and shades can cut your costs.
During the winter, open the draperies on your south-facing windows during the day and close them at night. This allows the warming sunlight to enter your home during the day and keeps the cold night air out. In summer close them in the daytime and open them at night for the opposite effect.
4. Close doors quickly.
The longer a door is open, the more unconditioned air it allows into the house, requiring your heating and cooling system to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature.
5. Rearrange your furniture.
Make sure that your furniture is not blocking airflow from registers or the return air grille. You can optimize the heating and cooling power of your system by allowing the air to flow freely through your house.
6. Get a seasonal system check-up.
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor from Wallin Heating & Cooling perform a full system check-up. Preventative maintenance on your home heating and cooling system is one of the best ways to save money on your energy bill.
Call Wallin Heating & Cooling at 773-896-5761 for any questions about your home heating and cooling system.