Once your HVAC is set up and moving cool air through your home to counter the summer heat, you probably just pay the bill each month and move on without thinking about it. However, being conscious of your system can be essential in avoiding simple, easy-to-make mistakes that could be driving up the cost of your bills. To find out what these mistakes are and how you can keep your home cool while saving money, read on!
Continuing to Use Old Filters
When is the last time you changed your air conditioning’s filters? This task, which is easy to forget about, can go a long way in reducing your energy bill. Old, dirty filters can cause the coils within your unit to become dirty, impeding the flow of air. This massively reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system, which leads to not only high energy bills but a shorter life for your unit as well. Changing the filter every few months is a great way to save money and prolong the life of your air conditioner.
Not Updating Your HVAC System
Similarly to the above mistake, continuing to operate an old, outdated air conditioning system can end up wasting more money than you save by not purchasing a new unit. Older systems, especially those more than twenty years old, are often inefficient and require repairs more often. Replacing your system is a great investment in your home that will help you save money and time in the long run.
Putting Your Thermostat in the Wrong Place
While the positioning of your thermostat may seem completely arbitrary, the piece of equipment actually plays a big role in the climate control of your home. A thermostat positioned near objects that emit heat such as lamps, or in areas that are often exposed to sunlight, might wrongly read a higher temperature in the house, causing the air conditioner to run for longer than necessary. This extra energy use will drive up your bills for no reason.
Avoiding Regular System Maintenance
Though it could seem like an unnecessary annoyance, committing to regular HVAC system maintenance is one of the most important steps you can take to save money on energy bills and keep your HVAC system working for as long as possible. Regular maintenance visits, which you should have twice a year, can detect broken and malfunctioning parts within your system. Replacing or repairing these in a timely fashion will greatly improve the efficiency of your system.
Pursuing regular maintenance doesn’t have to be a costly chore. With a worry-free maintenance membership with Service Specialties, Inc., our professional technicians will cover your maintenance as well as any emergencies.
If you have any questions about further ways to save money on your HVAC system, or you’d like help implementing any of the changes mentioned above, please contact SSI HVAC or schedule a service call today!