We are squarely in the dog days of summer, and although cooler temperatures are just around the corner, we will have to deal with this excessive heat and humidity for a few more weeks. The air conditioning in your home can be a big help in times like these, but is it working as efficiently as it should? At JMS Enterprises, we know there is one big factor that can affect the performance of your HVAC system; read on to find out what it is and what you can do about it!
How Does Your HVAC System Work?
While every model is slightly different, most central-air HVAC systems cool your home by sucking in hot air and passing it over an evaporator coil filled with liquid refrigerant. The heat from the air is exchanged into the coolant and the (now cool) air is recirculated through the house via a blower and a series of air ducts. Now your home can stay cool even when it’s 90+ degrees outside!
HVAC System Efficiency
You may have noticed that your electric bill goes up when you run the air conditioner; that’s because running all those fans and coolant pumps requires a lot of power. If you want to save money, you want your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible. As far as efficiency is concerned, there is one major obstacle that can make it harder for you to cool your home: dust and another buildup in your air ducts. Over time, dust, hair, skin flakes, lint, and other particulate matter can build up inside your ducts. In some cases, the buildup can be an inch thick or more! When dust buildup gets that bad, it can affect your HVAC system’s ability to circulate air through your house. As a result, your blower will have to work harder to maintain your desired temperature, and that means higher energy costs.
How to Make Your HVAC System Run More Efficiently
With regular maintenance, your central air unit can run in tip-top shape all year around. That includes not only mechanical maintenance but regular air duct cleaning as well. By removing dusty buildup from your ducts, your HVAC unit will have an easier time maintaining consistent temperatures throughout the house. As a bonus, you will also be removing mold, mildew, dust mites, pet dander, and other particulate matter that affects your air quality.
No matter the age of your home or your HVAC unit, you can benefit from an air duct cleaning. At JMS Enterprises, we recommend cleaning your air ducts every 2-3 years, or if you just moved in, you might want to get one right away. If you are interested in scheduling an air duct cleaning in Montgomery County, PA, or anywhere nearby, get in touch with JMS Enterprises right away! Call (215) 706-0188 or fill out the online form on our contact page to find out more about duct cleaning and all the other great services we offer.