Your HVAC system accounts for almost half of your home’s energy consumption. Did you know that there are some hidden costs in your heating and cooling bills? Understanding these hidden costs will help you stop them from leaving major holes in your budget.
Lack of Adequate Insulation
Poorly insulated roofs, walls, and ducts constantly leak hot and cool air out of your home. That forces your HVAC system to run longer to maintain the desired temperature, wasting energy and money.
Having adequate insulation can drastically improve your HVAC bill. Common insulation materials include fiberglass, rigid foam board, spray foam, cellulose, and window covers that seal leaks or reduce sunlight. A qualified contractor can help you check your home’s insulation levels.
Failure to Achieve the Right Balance of Heating and Air-Conditioning Control
Getting the optimal balance of cooling and heating control is challenging, particularly if you have a manual thermostat. The automatic temperature setbacks that programmable and smart thermostats carry out allow for significant energy savings during those off times.
Smart thermostats help you get the right balance by doing much more than just automatically controlling your home’s temperature. They utilize preprogrammed comfort levels to regulate temperature, and they can even factor in your habits and the weather. By reacting to the real-world heating or cooling requirements, they turn on and off precisely as needed, significantly lowering energy costs.
A poorly maintained HVAC system fails prematurely eventually. But before you have to make that costly early replacement, the system will keep adding hidden costs to your energy bills. No matter how expensive or modern your unit is, it won’t operate at peak efficiency without regular maintenance and repair.
A clogged filter makes your system use more energy. Check your filter every month and replace it as needed. Have your system inspected and serviced by a qualified professional at least once a year. Professional inspections help identify problems early on. And remember, certain faults reduce your system’s efficiency.
With regular maintenance, strong insulation, and a smart supporting cast, your HVAC system will perform more efficiently and eliminate hidden costs from your HVAC bills. Contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing for quick, professional service to keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency.