When the heat hits, your HVAC unit better be working efficiently. And to ensure a healthy HVAC unit and system, the key is preventative maintenance along with a few other helpful tips. 

Especially in places like California and Arizona, HVAC units in Phoenix are working overtime trying to cool down homes and businesses in the triple-digit heat. When an HVAC unit is being overworked, it could be worn out and not run as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to help maintain the life of your HVAC unit!

Do Your Part

You can do your part by cleaning your vents and changing your filters once a month. A dusty vent and dirty filter can cause your HVAC unit to have to overwork. 

Be cautious of what you are setting your temperature at. If it is set at 75 degrees and it is STILL too hot, we suggest turning on your ceiling fans and taking advantage of portable fans. Running your air constantly at a low temperature is only going to wear your unit quicker and run up your electric bill. 

Also, think about the time of day. Peak hours usually occur between 3 pm and 7 pm, and this is when your electricity is going to cost you an arm and leg. If you aren’t going to be at home during these times, turn up the temperature, even just a little! 

When going on vacation, always be mindful. There is no need to keep your temperature so low if you are not at home (only if you don’t have pets, of course) If no one is going to be at home for a few days, feel free to turn your temperature up to around 80 degrees. 

Consider a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are the latest trend and for good reason. They can end up saving you a pretty penny on your electric bill. 

These thermostats allow you to remotely control your thermostat through an easy to use app. 

Just like their name, smart thermostats are smart and are programmed to learn your behaviors over time, adjusting the temperature accordingly. Meaning, if you are not home during a certain time of a day and the thermostat notices the pattern, it will automatically turn the air up during these times. 

The Magic of Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is recommended at least once a year. In places where the temperature rises in the summer, it is smart to get it done twice a year. 

With preventative maintenance, a certified HVAC technician will thoroughly inspect your HVAC unit to make sure it is running effectively. Also, it helps us to find any issues ahead of time or before they become a bigger disaster. 

Rainforest Plumbing and Air know what to look for and will inspect your entire HVAC unit and can recommend when a repair or even a replacement is needed. 

Rainforest Plumbing and Air has been proudly serving Phoenix and surrounding areas in Arizona for over 30 years. Rainforest Plumbing and Air’s technicians take preventative maintenance and HVAC unit repairs seriously. They know the Arizona heat and will ensure that your HVAC units are working effectively and efficiently, saving you time and money.