Improve Your HVAC System While Increasing Your Funds
Where has it been? Where is it going? Whether it be spending money or saving money; we are all constantly thinking about our money. Hold on to some of your funds this year by applying our money-saving tips. Making a more conscious decision to get the best performance from your HVAC system is also going to keep more money in your wallet.
Discover This Money-Saving Secret
You can start with a monthly budget or project a yearly budget. This will be easiest if you are in the same home, with the same HVAC system, and little changes have been made to your home. If this is your first home or first year in that home, you may be able to request the average home maintenance expenses from the previous owners or your realtor. Knowing what was spent in previous years does help to plan your budget, but there are many things you can do to manage your own home maintenance costs.
Avoid costly disasters
Not everyone is a professional, and we don’t expect you to be, but you can still inspect the things around your home that keep your HVAC system running smoothly.
Start off by using a simple strategy: looking from top to bottom. Make sure the attic and crawl space are properly insulated and ventilated. When you have proper insulation as well as ventilation, your system doesn’t have to work quite as hard to achieve temperatures that will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your heating and cooling system will work more efficiently and work for you for a longer time.
Airflow is a pretty big deal. Refrain from placing furniture in front or on top of vents/registers. You should always have at least 80% of your registers open at all times. Preventing air from flowing freely from all the registers will trap the air or slow it down, therefore, making your HVAC system work harder to reach the comfort temperature you have set.
Keep it clean
Sure, hiring a professional is the way to go for deep cleaning your ducts if you suspect mold, vermin infestation, or other debris clogging the ducts. Otherwise, you can clean your register vents and any entrance to the ducts to prevent a build-up of dust and dirt.
Any insulation that has gotten moist will have to be replaced. Make sure to check the areas around your insulation for wetness or where there may be a chance for moisture to reach your insulation material. Mold cannot be cleaned off your insulation. Once mold starts to grow, that section of insulation will have to be removed. Investigating and solving where moisture was made available to cause the growth on your insulation is your next task before replacing the insulation. Repairing a flaw in your structure to seal a leak and replacing a small area of insulation may not seem so terrible when you compare it to the thousands of dollars that are spent to remove mold from a home.
Bring Down the Heat
As always, being more energy efficient is going to lower energy costs. Reuse your warm air. Ceiling fans set to turn counterclockwise will bring warm air back down in circulation.
Try not to tinker with the thermostat during more extreme hot or cold temperatures. Your system is already working hard to maintain your chosen temperature. Even if you already winterized your home, go through and check for drafty spots you may have missed & seal it off.
Breathe Easy With AirXperts
If you need help with improving the indoor air quality in your home, the team at AirXperts is here to help. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs! Call 304-562-7300 today and breath easier tomorrow!