Have your energy bills been rising lately? Does your bill seem incompatible with the comfort level of your home? Let’s take a look at 5 warning signs that might indicate your HVAC system is wasting energy.
1. Closed Vents
For many homeowners, the summer months can mean more visitors. From kids returning from college or grandchildren visiting for vacation there is bound to be varying temperature preferences. While it might seem like a reasonable solution to close an air vent if the bedroom is feeling too cool, closed vents can lead to wasted energy. HVAC systems are sized according to the specific dimensions of a home. When one vent is closed, the system has to work harder to push through the vent and ultimately strains the equipment. Keeping vents open at all times is important for maximum energy savings.
2. Old Air Filters
One of the most common strains on a heating or cooling system is old or dirty air filters. Depending on the heating and cooling unit in your home, the timeline for how often air filters need to be replaced or cleaned may differ. Learn more about the various types of air conditioner filters in our blog here. Blocked air flow from dirty filters can force your HVAC equipment to operate at a higher efficiency than optimal. Regular replacement of filters is important for unit longevity and the healthy air quality of your home.
For more tips on avoiding AC breakdowns, check out this blog.
3.Your HVAC is Always Running
Did you know that a healthy HVAC alternates between being on and off? If your heating or cooling system is constantly running, energy is being wasted. There are a few reasons an HVAC might be operating at all hours of the day, including being undersized, oversized, or old. Appropriate sizing is a critical component for an energy efficient HVAC system.Reach out to our team of professionals to address your specific system if your HVAC is always running.
4. Indoor Humidity is Too High
When your home is healthy, humidity levels will be between 30% and 50%. When AC units are functioning properly, moisture is removed from the air. In areas where humidity is a prominent concern, like in New England, dehumidifiers contribute to home energy savings by keeping humidity levels within optimal range. To read more about optimal humidity levels in your home, check out our blog here.
5. Your HVAC is Nearing its Lifetime
Once the 10-year mark begins approaching, it’s important to start thinking about purchasing a new HVAC system. Research conducted by Energy Star confirms that properly installed, high-efficient units can provide up to 20% savings on heating and cooling costs.
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And, if your question isn’t answered here, contact the National Refrigeration team and we’ll find your solution.
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