It’s that glorious time of year in Las Vegas when we can finally think about turning off the air conditioning. Heating and cooling accounts for around half of the total energy used in a typical home. That means it’s the largest energy expense. Taking some steps to make sure your system is working properly will help you reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC system significantly. There are mistakes that homeowners make every fall when it comes to their HVAC system and Hal Mechanical will address them below.
Change HVAC Air Filters
1. Neglecting to replace the air filter. This is probably the most important thing you can do. It can be easy to forget about it because it stays out of sight most of the time. The air filter should really be changed monthly because the air filter removes the particles and other debris that floats throughout your home. When the air filter becomes clogged, it becomes more ineffective and it’s harder for your HVAC system to do its job. Plus, the wear and tear on the system will have a breakdown before its supposed to.
HVAC Air Duct Leakage Test
2. Not checking for air duct leaks. When air ducts are leaking you have a problem that shouldn’t be ignored. That’s because leaky ducts make it harder for the HVAC system to deliver the air that you’re paying to cool to get where it’s supposed to be. Have your air duct system inspected and make sure any leaks are sealed to greatly improve the energy efficiency in your home.
3. Not changing the temperature settings. It’s important to adjust the thermostat settings properly. You should maintain a small range of temperature shifts over an extended period of time rather than changing the temperature settings every day. This is the best way to lower the pressure that your HVAC system will be under. When you keep adjusting the temperature daily it is harder for the system to regulate the temperature in your home properly.
HVAC Fall Tune Up
A professional HVAC technician can prep your system before winter sets in. This is even more important if you didn’t get a tune-up before the summer set in. They can also look for leaks in the system that can lead to mildew growth and a whole other set of problems.
A professional evaluation of your system is smart if your system is older, you’ve remodeled, or you’ve purchased a new home. You should take the age of your system into account along with your current energy bills before you do anything. If your system is more than 10 years old your system is only 40-60% efficient. You should seriously consider replacement if you find yourself in this situation because the systems that you can purchase today have energy efficiency ratings as high as 97%.