It has been estimated that more than half of your bill goes to your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC). This reason alone is enough for you to rethink how you should maximize your existing system or replace your old one with a better more efficient system.
First things first, if you already have an existing system in your home then consider these following steps to keep your system in its optimal.
Check your filters on a regular basis and change them if needed.
The best practice to follow is to check your filters monthly and see if it has become dirty. There will be instances when you need to change them monthly due to heavy usage of your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.
You can wait for a maximum of three months before changing your filters but monthly will keep the filters from clogging up with dirt, dust, and whatnot. Air will flow freely with a clean filter, therefore, cutting the time it needs to heat or cool your home.
Give your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system a tune-up once in a while.
Treat your system like a car, when it starts to have a lower mileage per liter of gasoline then it is due for a tune-up. Your home heating and cooling system are the same, every now and again you should tune it up to keep it in its tip-top shape.
Check your insulation, cooling and heating ducts.
Defective insulation can make your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system work overtime, therefore, causing your bill to soar up. The same goes for your cooling and heating ducts. If these areas have some type of leakage in them then you need to address them as soon as possible.
Opt for some programmable thermostats.
This kind of thermostat is very useful especially if your house mostly empties during the day or if you travel every few weeks. You can pre-program this guy to varying degrees of heating and cooling during certain times of the day. You can even program it to turn the heat up or down the day you arrive on a trip.
But what if you want to replace your whole heating and cooling system? Here are some tips for you…
Have your whole system looked at by a qualified professional?
These professionals will assess if you just need a tune-up, some repairs or maybe a replacement of your system. Any heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that is 7 – to 10 years old needs to be checked if it is still performing at it’s best.
Look for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system that is Energy Star qualified.
Energy Star qualified systems have passed the standards for heating and cooling system and, therefore, can be trusted to provide you with proper heat during the winter months, cool air during the summer and proper ventilation all throughout.
Make sure that your new system is properly installed with no leaks.
All heating and cooling system will only perform at it’s optimal if and only they are properly installed. So make sure that your new, Energy Star qualified system is being installed by competent contractors or you will only be losing money rather than saving it.