Do you find that your energy bills are higher than what you expected? That’s a common problem for many homeowners.
This can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars a year. Fortunately, there are ways to improve HVAC efficiency.
Keep reading to find out how you can maintain and improve the efficiency of your HVAC unit.
1. Check Your Home’s Insulation and Windows
The place to start is to see if there are energy leaks in your home. That makes your HVAC system work much harder than it may need to.
Check the windows and doors for air leaks. You’ll also need to check your attic to see if your insulation is intact and there aren’t energy leaks coming from your roof.
Do you find that one room is much colder than other rooms in the house? It’s a sign that your HVAC system needs to be re-balanced to make the temperature consistent throughout the home.
2. Adjust the Thermostat
A common cause for an inefficient HVAC unit is the thermostat. Some thermostats are hard-wired and others run on batteries. You may have to replace the batteries in your thermostat.
Another issue is that your thermostat may be programming your thermostat. In the winter, you want to have a comfortable temperature when you’re home and a few degrees cooler when you’re at work and sleeping.
If you’re the type who forgets to adjust the thermostat, programming it can take care of this issue.
3. Regular HVAC Maintenance
The best way to ensure that your HVAC system is efficient is to have regular HVAC maintenance and inspections. There are times where your HVAC unit isn’t running efficiently due to blockages and debris.
There could be debris such as leaves around your HVAC unit that are preventing airflow to get through. Regular maintenance can also identify small issues that can impact efficiency.
4. Change the Air Filters
Do you know the last time you changed your HVAC system’s air filters? Air filters are changed every six months.
Air filters collect dust and debris that is in the air. The dust can collect in the air filters and over time, prevent air from flowing efficiently. Your HVAC unit has to work much harder to blow air through the vents.
5. Time for an HVAC Upgrade
Is your HVAC system an older system? Your system was probably built with older technology, which makes it much less efficient than models in today’s market. Older HVAC systems also degrade over time.
It could be time for an HVAC system replacement.
How to Improve HVAC Efficiency
There are simple steps that you can take to improve HVAC efficiency in your home. You can check the thermostat and change the air filters to start with.
Another way to improve the efficiency of your unit is to upgrade your older system and have regular maintenance of your system.
Do you have questions about improving the efficiency of your HVAC unit? Contact us today.