Many families fall into bad habits around the home, which can cost a small fortune. Save money on your Garland, Texas, utility and repair bills by changing the following bad HVAC habits.
DIY Repairs to Save on Costs
When your HVAC unit needs repairs, don’t attempt to repair it yourself. You may think that you’re saving money, but unless you’re trained and know what you are doing, you will probably make matters much worse. Instead of paying a small fee to repair the initial problem, you’ll end up with a large bill for the technician to fix a more detailed problem. HVAC systems need trained technicians with extensive knowledge and technical skills. It’s not worth trying to repair it yourself.
Closing or Blocking the Vents is a Bad HVAC Habit
Your home needs proper airflow to heat or cool efficiently. Don’t close your vents thinking that the air will be directed into the rooms that you want to be cooled or warmed to save energy. The opposite happens. The pressure will increase in your duct system causing leakage and increased energy consumption.
Check that no furniture or curtains block the air vents. Also, make sure that your exterior unit is not covered by shrubs or toys. Obstructions will prevent the airflow through your home as designed by your HVAC system. Removing the blockages is an easy way to prolong the life of your system and keep it running well.
Failing to Change the Filter Regularly
One of the most common causes of damage to heating and air conditioning units is the failure to change the filters regularly. The filter’s purpose is to cleanse the air from pollutants and increase the quality of your indoor air. If the filters are not changed frequently they become clogged. This causes unfiltered poor quality air to circulate around your home. A clogged filter may also cause the system to overwork and result in costly repairs. Set reminders to change the filters according to the manufacturer’s requirements.
Adjusting the Thermostat Too Often
Thermostats perform best when set on a consistent temperature over a period of time. On the other hand, thermostats don’t perform well when they are being adjusted on a regular basis. The most stress is put on your HVAC system when it starts up or shuts down. The strain of continual adjustments affects the long-term efficiency of the system and is a bad HVAC habit. Programmable thermostats help to keep your home comfortable all year without having to make unnecessary adjustments on your thermostat.
Not Scheduling Maintenance
Don’t overlook regular professional maintenance of your HVAC system. Many homeowners opt-out of regular maintenance to save money, yet maintaining the system prevents inconvenient and costly breakdowns. A well-maintained system is healthy and provides safe conditions for the family to live in. Begin the good HVAC habit of scheduled maintenance to lower your energy bills, reduce repair costs and improve overall performance.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs of A Bad HVAC Habit
Any change of behavior in your HVAC system is a cause for alarm. Don’t ignore what may seem to be small issues. A small issue may cause a large expense. An HVAC system is a complicated system that needs to be taken care of. If the ductwork makes more noise than usual or if the lights in your home dim when the system kicks on, pay attention. Any changes to the normal routine are warning signs. Call your technician for a check-up before you need urgent help.
Choice of System for Your Home
Allow a professional to help you make the best choice for the size of your home. You may think that choosing a smaller unit will help you to save money, however, it will prove to be ineffective and a waste of money. The unit will need to work harder to cool your home and run up your energy bill. The strain on the unit will take it’s toll over time resulting in further expenses.
Call us at Willard Heating and Air Conditioning at (972) 564-9785 to help you with making sure your HVAC system is in its best shape. We can help you with any repairs and make sure you’re saving money where you can.
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