Certain household plants are known to lower humidity levels and increase heating and cooling efficiency. Read on to learn three other ways to improve HVAC efficiency and go green in your Duck, North Carolina, home.

Change the HVAC Air Filter

A dirty air filter reduces airflow and makes an HVAC system work harder. Every 30 days, hold the air filter in front of a light or up toward the sun. If you can’t see any light passing through it, you need to change it. It’s also advised to avoid using washable filters because it’s nearly impossible to remove all dirt and debris when washing them. No matter what condition your filter is in, make sure to change it every 90 days.

Clean Air Ducts and Registers

Inspect air ducts and registers need for debris and vacuum around them once a month. Heating and cooling efficiency is greatly reduced if there’s any type of blockage or obstruction, such as high levels of dust. Check for gaps and holes in the ductwork while performing the monthly inspection, and schedule a repair as soon as possible. Air seeps out of these openings and minimizes the HVAC system’s efficiency.

Clear Debris Around the Unit

Walk around the outdoor unit once a week during the warmer months of the year and clear away debris, such as leaves and sticks. Trim any shrubs or trees touching the unit, or move them to a different location in the yard. For a deeper cleaning of the internal components of the system, make sure to schedule routine preventive maintenance.

Contact an HVAC professional to perform maintenance to improve HVAC efficiency. North Beach Services Heating and Cooling can perform quality HVAC maintenance to keep your system running efficiently. Contact us today at 252-231-3884 to schedule an appointment.

Image provided by Shutterstock