Heating and Air Conditioning: How to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Consumption

Heating and cooling systems make up a large portion of your monthly energy costs. Air conditioning expenses contribute the most when you operate a gas fueled furnace. Reduced heating and air conditioning efficiency affect both energy use and fuel costs. Improper care can cause your cost of operation to skyrocket. If you are experiencing spikes in your monthly electrical bill, it is time to take the necessary steps to elevate cooling efficiency in your home. Resolution can be broken down into three main areas: better home preparation, appropriate system maintenance, and consistent temperature settings.

Tips for Preventing Early HVAC Replacement

Begin by taking measures to reduce air leaks throughout your home. Doors and windows are a large contributor to this problem. You can resolve this efficiency draining problem by adding weather stripping. Sealing helps in managing consistent temperature throughout your home. Check ductwork installed in your attic or crawlspace. Seal any loose seams or gaps by applying duct mastic. Consider installing double-paned windows for heat retention during winter months. Additional insulation assists in temperature retention and can increase your home value. Have a professional technician come out to perform yearly heating and air conditioning maintenance to keep components functioning optimally and to ensure early detection of potential problems.

You can also save money by adjusting thermostat temperature up or down by a few degrees, depending on the season, so your unit will not have to work as hard to reach the desired temperature. Wearing the appropriate clothing in your house that matches the time of year will make you feel more comfortable in your living space and less needy on your unit to keep you warm or cool.

Use the above recommendations to reduce your energy bill and rely on maintenance to avoid HVAC replacement. Your yearly service check helps in the detection of faulty components, cleaning, and efficiency testing of your system. Having it performed each year can drastically reduce the chances of a system failure. You will also want to perform regular filter changes and keep the outside unit clear of debris. Leaves, sticks, and dirt can clog up various external condensing unit components. They reduce air flow in the condenser coil that can have a direct effect on cooling performance.

Most systems have a disposable filter for main air flow. You should check this filter every month during heavy usage. If the unit is not used consistently, filter inspection can be reduced to every few months. Failure to complete this particular maintenance task allows dirt to accumulate on internal components, in addition to ductwork – the main reason for component malfunctions and reduced efficiency. If both filter changes and yearly servicing are put aside, you might be destined for HVAC replacement.

HVAC system manuals should provide guidelines for maintenance. You can use them to determine the frequency of certain tasks or review component specifications. Scheduling a system evaluation with a qualified Bardi technician is another way to learn about needed maintenance and component dependability. One of our professionals may visually inspect your HVAC unit to determine its current condition. This information can help them in creating a scheduled maintenance or replacement plan for your presently installed system.

You can experience increased reliability, better efficiency, and continued performance with the help of our trained technicians. Call today to schedule an initial servicing appointment.


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