Are You Getting the Most Bang for Your HVAC Buck?

Are You Getting the Most Bang for Your HVAC Buck?Is your HVAC system providing the comfortable indoor environment you’re paying for? Heating and cooling typically accounts for 40 to 50 percent of the utility bill. The national mean monthly utility cost is $226. Averaged over the year, you’re probably spending at least $100 per month to run your HVAC system. Cooling/heating performance are parameters that are usually subject to improvement by taking specific corrective measures.

Here are some ways to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth:

  • Keep the system in tune. Get annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician at the start of the cooling and heating season. Scheduled maintenance keeps system performance and energy efficiency up to manufacturer’s specs throughout the service life of the units.
  • Change the air filter regularly. Low airflow due to a dirty filter is one of the most common reasons why homeowners don’t get their money’s worth from an A/C or furnace. Change the filter monthly during cooling season and at least every other month during heating season.
  • Test the ductwork. Your ducts probably leak conditioned air. Find out how much by getting ductwork tested by an HVAC contractor. If leakage exceeds current standards, you’re paying for cooling and heating the attic, crawl space or inside of walls. Your contractor can tell you about options to seal ductwork.
  • Make household improvements. The status quo of the structure directly affects system performance and efficiency. Measure your attic insulation. If it’s below current Department of Energy standards, have more installed. Seal air leaks to the outside wherever you find them with caulking and renew worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Upgrade on time. At some point, holding on to an aging A/C or furnace with outdated efficiency specs is costing you more money than it’s saving due to high energy consumption. Move up to a system that meets current federal efficiency standards and lower your operating expenses from day one of operation.

The Wabash Valley choice for heating and cooling excellence since 1922, Paitson Bros. has more advice to help you get your money’s worth from your HVAC system.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about saving money and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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