Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the warmest temperatures of the year. In order to stay cool and comfortable this summer, homeowners throughout Southeast Wisconsin will likely be cranking up their air conditioning systems soon.
However, if your HVAC system hasn’t had regular maintenance for a while, this could end up meaning that your energy bills start increasing as the temperature inside your home drops.
In order to prevent your summer energy bills from spiraling out of control Jackson Hardware Heating & AC recommends having your HVAC preventative maintenance done today in order to make sure that your system is running at peak efficiency.
HVAC Maintenance Can Lower Energy Costs
For most Wisconsin homeowners, their HVAC system accounts for as much as 50% of their total energy bill. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as your HVAC unit operates throughout your whole house and is typically running for several hours a day, if not all day long.
In order to keep these energy costs down it’s important to ensure that you are getting the best air flow, preventing hvac failures, and ensuring that your unit is operating at maximum efficiency year-round.
This is because issues like dirty air filters, leaks in coolant systems and ducts, burnt out coils and more could all be reducing the effectiveness of your air conditioner. When your air conditioning isn’t working properly this means the unit will increasingly require more energy to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
In order to prevent your summer energy bills from skyrocketing and keep your system functioning smoothly, spring is always a good time to call a professional technician, like the experts at Jackson Hardware Heating & AC, to come out and check on your HVAC system.
Some of the things they may do to keep your system running smoothly:
- Clean dust and buildup from the system
- Replace dirty air filters
- Check for refrigerant leaks
- Ensure blowers are functioning properly
- Remove clogs from condensate drain lines
- Check to ensure that your outdoor unit is level
While they may seem like minor fixes, small changes can have a big effect on the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. In addition, regular maintenance can also prevent the worst case scenario in which minor issues could lead to large, costly problems or HVAC failures if left unchecked.
Other Energy Saving Tips
Having a routine maintenance plan for your HVAC system is an important part of keeping your heating and cooling bills down. But there’s other things you can do to improve, upgrade, or keep up your HVAC system that can lower your energy costs as well.
Some other things you can ask your HVAC specialist about when they come for maintenance:
Inspecting Air Ducts: About one-third of the air that flows through your HVAC system is lost due to leaks. Furthemore, excessive dirt and dust buildup in your ducts can substantially impact your indoor air quality. Having an HVAC technician clean and inspect your ducts for leaks can mean more efficient and cleaner air flow throughout your home.
Install A Smart Thermostat: Newer technology means that you can program your smart thermostat for maximum heating and cooling efficiency without having to regularly get up and adjust the settings. For instance, you can set schedules for your home that will keep it at a different temperature when you are away from the house or asleep. Furthermore, some smart thermostats can even be controlled by mobile devices to adjust settings when you’re not even home. This way your system isn’t using up energy to heat or cool your house when you don’t need it.
Upgrade To An Energy Efficient System: If your system is more than 10 years old, or no longer running at peak efficiency, it might be time to replace the system entirely. Many of today’s HVAC systems are considered “energy efficient” units and are EnergyStar certified, which means even when they’re running at full capacity, they’re probably using less energy than your old system. Ask your HVAC technician about energy efficient air conditioning and furnace systems that could save you money.
Get Maintenance Year-Round
While annual maintenance on your HVAC unit is better than no maintenance at all, it’s best to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year in the spring and fall.
This is because issues with your heat pump in the winter, can be just as costly as issues with your air conditioning unit in the summer. By having professionals like the experienced technicians at Jackson Hardware Heating & AC check your HVAC system regularly, you can keep your energy costs down throughout the year.
We’re always here to help! Whether you have questions about HVAC maintenance, or other energy efficient upgrades, feel free to contact us, or call us at (262) 677-3477 at any time 24/7.