You don’t have to be a professional heating and AC contractor to know when your HVAC system is acting up. Sometimes, all you need to do is take a look at your energy bills. Normally, the average home’s power or fuel consumption is fairly predictable. However, if you notice that your recent bills have been gradually increasing, this may be a sign that your heating or air conditioning efficiency has decreased
The truth is, some common HVAC habits may be to blame. So what immediate changes can you make in regard to your HVAC system that will gradually increase your savings on your energy bill? Here are a few solutions from our experts at Air Pro Heating & Air Conditioning.
Change Your Filters
Our experienced furnace and AC contractors recommend regular filter cleaning or changes at least once every 30 days, though homes in areas prone to high amounts of dust may need to do so even more frequently. The standard rule of thumb is to not let the same filters stay in your system over 90 days. Clogged filters impede the airflow within your ducts, which in turn forces your unit to work twice as hard to maintain your preferred comfort level.
Check the Ducts
The heated or cooled air escaping from leaks in your duct network represent wasted energy. Leaks in the ducts are tough to find without the help of a professional, so you may want to ask your local contractor if they offer duct-sealing services. A quick inspection will quickly reveal if the increase in your bills is truly caused by leaks in your ductwork or if it’s being caused by something else entirely.
Calibrate Your Thermostat
For almost any type of repair job, your HVAC contractor often starts out by looking at the thermostat. Oftentimes temperature changes are caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, and a simple calibration is all you need to get it back on track.
At Air Pro Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you improve your HVAC efficiency to save on energy bills. Give us a call at (703) 255-0624 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.