Originally published in February 2017, updated May, 2020.
With temperatures rising in Sopchoppy, Florida, you’re probably wondering how to save money on your utility bill this summer. Here are some common HVAC mistakes that could be costing you.
Not Replacing the Filters
Dirty air filters reduce airflow, making your HVAC system work harder reducing your HVAC’s efficiency. You may think you’re saving money by skipping this month’s air filter replacement, but you’re more likely making up the difference in your energy usage.
Replace filters every one to three months depending on how quickly they clog. If you have pets, you should aim for a filter replacement once a month.
HVAC systems that are more than 10 years old aren’t efficient enough to keep energy bills in check. Buying a new air conditioner is an investment, but it’s worth the expense in the long run.
Modern HVAC systems offer exceptional energy savings and are easier to maintain. When paired with modern technology, such as programmable thermostats, you could be looking at a drastic reduction in your monthly expenses.
Newer technology like variable speed motors and 2-stage compressors also help your HVAC increase its efficiency, by working at a lower speed to maintain temperatures and when needed it can ramp up to 100%. Older systems are either on, working at 100% or off. You can expect to save at least 20% on your energy costs with a new heat pump.
Skipping HVAC Maintenance
Every HVAC system requires servicing at least once a year. Maintenance is essential for prolonging your system’s life and ensuring it operates at peak efficiency. Your certified HVAC technician can also address issues before they turn into bigger, costlier problems.
Annual HVAC maintenance ensures your system’s parts are well lubricated and check for any work or loose components. Technicians clean the system’s fans and coils, and can recommend solutions to any issues that crop up during the inspection.
Keeping the air freely moving throughout the home is crucial. When vents or registers are blocked by furniture, rugs, or other obstructions, the system has to work twice as hard to cool down the room. When it kicks into high gear, your HVAC system wears out faster and adds a substantial amount to your utility bill.
Don’t let these common HVAC mistakes cost you. Call Advanced Air Care Heating & Cooling to schedule your next HVAC maintenance appointment.
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