Have you noticed your HVAC bill goes up every winter and summer? If you are tired of seeing that increase in utility bills, its a good idea to take a look at your HVAC system to see how you can improve efficiency. Here are our tips to keeping your HVAC system working properly:
Schedule annual maintenance
One of the most important things you can do is schedule your annual HVAC service. Spring and fall tune-ups will ensure your entire system is working effectively and efficiently. Simple things like changing an air filter can have a direct impact on your power bill! A good HVAC technician has the skills, training, and knowledge needed to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Replace the air filter
Set an alarm to remind yourself to replace the air filter regularly. It is important to replace it to help improve the air quality in your home as well as preventing excess work on the engine to run.
Set the thermostat
To limit how often the HVAC system has to turn on and off, it is wise to change the thermostat. Programmable thermostats can reduce heating and cooling costs by 15% or more according to the EPA.
Home energy audit
One great way to reduce your energy consumption is by having a home energy audit. The audit will show you areas in the home that need to be addressed such as the insulation. Ventilation weaknesses will also be detected when a home energy audit is conducted.
Air duct inspection
Another important thing that can be done is to have the air ducts inspected. The ductwork needs to work effectively to push the cold or warm air throughout the home. Duct inspections will show is there is debris that needs to be removed, or if some of the ducts are in need of repair.
Replace older HVAC systems
When HVAC systems start to wear down, it is a good idea to purchase a new one before they break. HVAC inspectors will look at the age of the furnace and air conditioner, the motor, and the overall condition to determine the lifespan. Some systems have had a lot of stress over the years and could wear out within a few years of purchase.