Don’t Make These Costly Heating Mistakes!
A poorly maintained heating and air conditioning system can cause it to run less efficiently, give you higher energy bills and may be harmful to your health. Ailments such as allergies and asthma can be caused by air that isn’t properly circulated through your system. General knowledge of your system can help you avoid costly mistakes – both to your wallet and possibly your lungs. The following are some common mistakes you could be making with your system:
Not Changing Your Air Filters
This is one of the most common mistakes. Air filters keep your air fresh and breathable by filtering out dust and purifying the air in your home. Air filters should be changed on a regular basis – at least once every 3 months, and sometimes more often depending on the type of filter, and if you smoke or have pets. Not only do clogged filters slow airflow, making your system work harder to pull the air through, they also can be problematic to your health. If filters go too long without being changed, coils get dirty, leading to bigger problems down the line. Changing your filters often can also help save you between 5% – 15% on your energy bills.
Not Getting Routine Maintenance
Having an annual tune-up and preventive maintenance performed is crucial to keeping your system running smoother and increase its longevity. Also, during an annual tune-up, we check for minor issues that if not fixed, could become expensive major problems.
Setting your temperatures too low
While it may feel great to come home to an icy cold room on a hot day or cozy warm one on a cold day, you could be overworking your system. As a result, you’ll spend more on your energy bills. 78ºF is the general recommended temperature for homes. The human body is an amazing thing that is capable of adjusting to temperatures pretty quickly. When you consider that raising your thermostat up by even one degree could save you almost 3% on your energy bills, it’s worth considering adjusting the temperatures to the upper 70s.
Not having your thermostat or vents placed properly
Having your thermostat too close to windows or to a heat source can cause it to not read correctly. Registering a higher temperature will make your system work longer and harder to try to cool the space. Additionally, keep furniture, drapes or curtains away from your vents, as obstructed vents can cause air to not circulate properly. Overworking your system can have lasting effects on your system and may shorten its life expectancy.
Overworking your system can have lasting effects on your system and may shorten its life expectancy.
Not having a smart thermostat
Maybe you’re good at remembering to adjust the temperature before you walk out of the door, but if you are like most people, it’s probably not the first thing on your mind when you leave home. A programmable thermostat could save you hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bills. Also having a modern “smart” thermostat can make programming even easier. Many even allow you to adjust your settings from your phone while you’re away.
Cooling Unused Spaces
If air vents are open in every room of your house, you could be chilling a lot of empty rooms. The rooms that you seldom use don’t need as much cooling as high-traffic areas. Close off air vents in rooms that are temporarily unoccupied and make sure closet doors are closed so they’re not swallowing up the air. This will allow your system to work more efficiently in the rooms that are actually being used.
Improper System Size
If your space is too large for your current system, you should get one with a larger capacity. A system that is too small for the space will have to stay on constantly and work harder to keep the home comfortable. This could cost you money on your energy bills and cause your home to not be as comfortable as possible. If you’re worried that this might be the case, contact Service One and we can send a specialist out to measure the airflow and recommend a unit that can do the job.
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