3 Ways Your HVAC System Is Wasting Energy

If you were to break down the typical utility bill, you would find that around 43 percent of your money goes to operating your furnace and air conditioner. 

Yet if you don’t pay attention to it, your HVAC system is wasting energy, causing you even more money to heat and cool your home. 

Even minor issues with your HVAC system can have a big impact. Does your HVAC system have any of these problems?

A dirty air filter

This is one of the most common HVAC problems. An HVAC technician will recommend you change yours out regularly, seasonally, or even monthly, depending on your living conditions. It’s also one of the most common things people ignore. The air filter is designed to capture contaminants inside your home, to prevent them from traveling into your air supply and making you sick. They also prevent contaminants from moving back into your HVAC system and shortening its lifespan. It keeps your equipment efficient and working well. 

3 Ways Your HVAC System Is Wasting Energy

Leaky ductwork

An HVAC system consists of a furnace, air conditioner, and ventilation system. While most people work to maintain the heating and cooling equipment, it’s easier to forget about the ductwork. Like other appliances, the ductwork will only last for so long. After a decade or two or continual work, gaps and leaks can form between the joints, allowing air to flow where it wasn’t designed. If you’re heating places beyond the rooms in your home, your HVAC system is anything but efficient. 

A thermostat that isn’t working

How old is your thermostat? Have you upgraded to a programmable one? Or a smart device? The thermostat is the heart of your HVAC system, talking to the individual pieces and ensuring they work correctly. If it’s not working properly, your HVAC may be working too hard to try and properly condition your home. That impacts every piece of your heating and cooling system, potentially shortening the lifespan of every piece of the system.  

Do you see your home in any of these situations? The best place to start is by scheduling a maintenance visit today. We’ll ensure your equipment is working properly, perform a full house audit, and ensure your HVAC system isn’t wasting energy. 

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