Tips for Your Las Vegas HVAC System
Save Money & Maintain Optimal Performance with These HVAC Tips
Here are a list of things you can do to help keep your home cool in the summer, warm in the winter, while saving on your heating and cooling bills.
- Make sure all air conditioner ducts, and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces, and attics are sealed.
- Hang screens or shades outside the window during the summer to stop 60 to 80 percent of the sun’s heat from getting to the windows.
- Maintain your air conditioners properly to maximize efficiency. (We can help!)
- Clean or replace your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.
- You can help get rid of unwanted heat through ventilation if the temperature of the incoming air is 77 F or lower. (This strategy works most effectively at night and on cooler days.) Window fans for ventilation are a good option if used properly (located on the downwind side of the house facing out). A window should be open in each room. Interior doors must remain open to allow air flow.
- If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.
- Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A sow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this air flow.
- Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
- Installing white window shades or mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.
- Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
- Avoid putting hot-running appliances such as TVs and lamps near your thermostat to avoid over-running your air conditioner.
- Set your thermostat as high as tolerable in the summer and as low as tolerable in the winter. The closer the indoor and outdoor temperatures are, the less your unit will run, and the lower your bill will be.
- Stay cool without your a/c. Stay hydrated (with water or an electrolyte replacement drink). Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can promote dehydration.
- If you have a central air unit, make sure there’s a 3/4″ gap between the floor and the bottom of a closed door. This allows the return duct to pull the warm air from the room.
- Don’t turn your AC completely off when you leave. Doing so builds up heat in the walls and furniture and will make the unit work harder, and will take a long time to cool.
- Sealing strange air leaks helps to keep heat out. Not only caulking windows and weather-stripping doors, but also crawl space vents.
- To help keep heat out, keep the sun out. When it comes directly into the house, it tends to bring heat as well. Solar screens and temporary shading or awnings are great options.
- One problem that is more common than many realize, is that the ducts come loose outside of the conditioned space.