The days will only grow colder as winter progresses, which means now may be a good time to check your heating and air conditioning units and determine where your biggest energy drains are. Energy consumption audits, which are best done by a professional, can give you valuable insight into where you stand in terms of energy efficiency, and can also offer you solutions to help you save more money in the long run. However, don’t let this stop you from doing a little investigating on your own.
Taking a look at your utility bills and determining what’s causing them to spike can be a good start toward a more energy-efficient household. Let our HVAC experts at M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. offer you a few tips on identifying common energy problems in your home.
Insufficient insulation is a common problem in older homes. As air leaks from your interior, your heating and cooling systems consume more fuel in order to maintain the same temperature level. The increase in your utility bills doesn’t happen overnight, however. Take a look at your heating expenses over the span of several months and see if there’s a slight rise in your totals. This is a definite indicator of air leaks and insulation problems.
Like any machine, your furnace needs routine care to maintain optimal efficiency. Neglecting necessary maintenance can result in an ever-growing utility bill as your unit’s performance gradually falls. Consider signing up for a maintenance agreement with your local HVAC company so you never miss out on important scheduled inspections and tune-ups again.
Of course, the weather can also play a big role in how much energy your heating (or air conditioning, depending on the season) system consumes. Days with colder temperatures than usual often prompt users to make adjustments to their thermostats that could easily drive up energy costs. Try using a programmable thermostat to lessen constant adjustments to temperature levels.
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