Have the utility bills for your home in North Port, Florida, been rising lately? If so, your HVAC system might be wasting energy. Even if the issue seems minor, you should have a professional check it out. You can conserve power, help the environment, and extend your HVAC system’s life by avoiding excess wear. You can also prevent an unexpected and expensive breakdown later. Here are four HVAC problems that waste energy:
A Dirty Air Filter
Your HVAC system’s filter captures contaminants in your home’s air, including dust and microorganisms. Eventually, all these pollutants will reduce your HVAC system’s airflow and raise your utility bills. If you don’t replace it at least every three months, your air filter will spread contaminants instead of catching them. If someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, change the air filter every month.
The air filters for most HVAC systems are in the indoor air handler. You can buy a replacement at any home improvement or hardware store. The correct size should be on the side of your existing air filter. Just turn off HVAC system, remove your old filter, and place it in a plastic bag to keep contaminants from spreading. Finally, put the new one in the empty space with the arrows on it pointed toward your indoor air handler.
Leaks in Your Ductwork
Leaks or gaps in your home’s ductwork can let conditioned air escape. As a result, they can force your HVAC system to work harder and reduce its efficiency. These gaps and leaks can also cause drafts or warm areas, making your family less comfortable, especially in rooms nearby.
You should have an expert check your ductwork at least every few years for leaks. You may need to have your leaks sealed or get your ducts cleaned by a professional. Dirty ductwork spreads contaminants, and it can keep your air filter from lasting as long as it should. If you notice lots of dust or unpleasant smells in your house, consider it a sign to schedule a duct inspection.
A Malfunctioning Thermostat
If your thermostat isn’t working, it’ll prevent your HVAC system from functioning properly. As a result, it may make your home too warm or cold. Make sure your thermostat’s battery is good and check the settings. You could simply need to switch from Fan or Off to Heat or Cool. If you set your thermostat to Auto, it should come on automatically when your home’s temperature falls in the winter or rises in the summer.
Make sure your thermostat is near the center of your home away from doors or windows. That way, it’ll measure the most accurate temperature reading possible, and it won’t turn your HVAC system on when you don’t need it. You should also have a professional check the wiring. If you want to optimize your HVAC system’s efficiency, upgrade to a programmable thermostat. As a result, it’ll help you save energy and money.
A Refrigerant Leak
If your heat pump’s refrigerant leaks because of wear or corrosion, your system will have to stay on longer and use more energy. Low refrigerant can damage many other components, including your compressor. Leaking refrigerant can also cause lung damage or burns. Contact a professional if you notice a hissing or whistling sound or wet spots near your indoor air handler.
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