What should be in a Home Comfort System:
- Reliability - Chances are, your heating and cooling system is the most expensive equipment you will purchase for your home. That's why it's important to choose proven products from a reputable manufacturer.
- Efficiency - A new ENERGY STAR® labeled system, when properly sized and installed, can save on your annual heating and cooling costs.
- Quite Operation - Look for technologies and features that help keep operating sound at a comfortable level.
- Consistent Temperatures - Variable speed and/or two-stage systems give you the assurance of precise temperature control.
- Balanced humidity - Chose a thermostat that controls both temperature and humidity. You might also consider a variable speed and/or two-stage comfort system and dehumidifier.
- Proper Airflow - A typical furnace motor runs at one speed and circulates a constant volume of air, so it responds to changing comfort demands by repeatedly cycling on and off. This frequent cycling increases air stratification and stagnation. For optimal air circulation, choose a variable speed model.
- Healthy Air - One of the best ways to combat indoor pollution is to attach an air cleaner to your furnace or air handler.
- Clear leaves, brush and dirt from inside your air conditioner's top grille.
- Trim nearby shrubs and bushes to allow clearance around the A/C unit.
- Replace your air conditioner filter once a month. Dirty filters restrict air flow and can waste energy.
- Set the thermostat to cooling and run your air conditioner a few minutes to make sure it's working.
- If you use a room air conditioner, install it on a north-facing wall to keep it out of the sun.
- Schedule an annual checkup of your air conditioning system.
- When you replace your air conditioner, look for an ENERY STAR® qualified model to help reduce cooling costs.