Saving Money With an HVAC System
HVAC systems do not have to be a costly issue each winter. Homeowners can save on future repairs, energy bills, and AC replacement by using a few energy-efficient tips. Even just a few months of extra care can save significant money for the holidays.
A Thermostat Upgrade
Thermostats that are over 10 years old should be replaced. If the thermostat is over 13 years old, it may be unable to properly work with the HVAC system. This means homes will feel colder than normal even though the thermostat reads the correct number.
Smart thermostats range in price. Even the more expensive devices will eventually pay for themselves. Many of these thermostats can connect to a phone using Bluetooth. This allows homeowners to turn the heat on and off from wherever they’re located.
This is especially helpful if nobody is at home during the day. Using an app, homeowners can leave the heat off while at work and turn it back on fifteen minutes before they arrive home. Homeowners can turn the heat off even while driving if someone leaves the heat on by accident.
In addition to remote-controlled heating, a programmable thermostat allows homeowners to monitor their heating costs over an extended period. Depending on the type of thermostat, graphs can show which times of day the heating system is most expensive to run. It can also chart annual progress reports on how often the heat is used.
Air Filter Replacement
A disposable AC filter should be changed once every three months. This prevents blockages from occurring when there is excess particle buildup. If the filter is clogged, the HVAC unit must work twice as hard to push heat through the vents, which will cost more every month.
There are exceptions to the three-month rule. Larger houses with bigger households will need to change the air filter once per month. This is also true if there is more than one pet. Pet dander is one of the most common particles in clogged air filters.
Professionals do not need to change a dirty air filter. Disposable filters can be purchased at almost any hardware store, and washable filters are for sale online. On the edge of the air filter is a number. This measurement must be the same as the new air filter, or it will not be able to fit. Based on these measurements, hardware store clerks can help customers find the right one.
Annual heater and AC maintenance will save homeowners a substantial amount of money by preventing major problems within the system. Professionals are skilled at inspecting each part of the heater, including the ducts and the blower fan.
Homeowners can keep their HVAC unit running longer by replacing small parts when necessary. An HVAC system that is not properly maintained may only last 10 to 15 years, whereas a maintained heater can continue to work for 25 years.
Additional air conditioner maintenance services include coil cleaning, debris removal, and thermostat inspection. A trained technician can calibrate or install any type of thermostat. If homeowners are interested in wifi thermostats, these can be connected to a homeowner’s mobile device or laptop.
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