Homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce their monthly bills. Often, it is the HVAC system that uses the most electricity and creates the biggest utility bills. So, it is understandable that homeowners are always looking for ways to make their system more efficient. There are actually some easy ways to increase the efficiency of an HVAC system, without investing too much time or money. This article explains two cheap and easy things that you can do to increase your HVAC efficiency and reduce your electricity bills.

Check and Change the Air Filter

Perhaps the easiest, but often the most neglected, maintenance task is simply replacing your furnace filter in a timely manner. When a filter gets old and dirty, it slows down the efficiency of your system. Furthermore, it results in dirtier, improperly filtered air circulating throughout your home. This is a major concern if anyone in your house has allergies.

The best thing to do when it comes to filter replacement is to keep the sticker on your furnace and write down the date whenever you change the filter. This way you can easily remind yourself whenever went to check the filter. You don't necessarily need to check replace the filter within a set period of time, but you should check it frequently. If you visually inspect your filter, you should be able to immediately determine if it needs to be replaced. It probably will only take you a few minutes to check and replace a filter.

Cleaning the Evaporator

Cleaning the evaporator is another often overlooked furnace maintenance job. Many people don't know where the evaporator is, or even what it does. All you really need to know is that the evaporator is vital in the heat transfer process of both the heating and air conditioning. It promotes good airflow.

The evaporator is within a small compartment attached to the main furnace cabinet. Evaporators are usually about the size of a large shoebox and have an A-shape. All you have to do is open up the evaporator box (this doesn't require any tools) and you will see the A-shaped copper coils. You can easily clean them off (and the entire compartment) with the wand attachment to your vacuum. Try not to scrub or wipe them down, because the copper is vulnerable and you don't want to bend it.

These are two simple and cheap HVAC maintenance jobs you can do right now. They could instantly reduce your utility bills and help you run a green or household. Contact a company like Miller Services HVAC Inc. for more information and assistance.