As temperatures drop and winter approaches, you’ll find your utility bills increasing, mostly because of high heating costs. If you service your HVAC system in advance and maintain it properly, you can drastically decrease your electricity usage (and the costs of your bills) by ensuring your HVAC unit is working efficiently.
INSPECT YOUR HVAC SYSTEM
Many HVAC systems can last for decades before needing to be replaced. Inspect your system to see if it’s still functioning properly. If you discover any problems, contact a professional HVAC contractor to replace it and provide you with an HVAC system fit for your home’s needs. While the initial cost may be high, the investment will save you money in the long run and make your home warmer and safer for you and your family.
CHANGE YOUR FILTER
Sometimes the only maintenance needed is a simple filter replacement. A clogged air filter means your HVAC system has to spend more energy (and money) to work harder. Not only does replacing your filter every month increase efficiency, it also extends the life of your HVAC unit.
CLEAN YOUR HEATING DUCTS
You should clean your HVAC system’s heating ducts often to provide clean air and allow for effective heating. Regularly inspect your heating ducts for wear and tear, as well as loose or disconnected parts. Damaged or badly installed ducts can raise your heating bills by blowing wasted warm air. If you don’t know how to clean your heating ducts or what to look for when inspecting your ducts, consider contacting an HVAC contractor to help.
Proper inspection and regular maintenance are the best ways to ensure your HVAC system operates most efficiently. If you think your HVAC system is failing to operate at it’s best, contact an expert to examine your unit.