The performance of your heating and cooling system is crucial for one simple reason: Energy bills are one of the biggest expenses of running a household or business. In bitter cold winter months, or in sweltering summer months, these costs can quickly spiral and become a major factor in the monthly budget. For this reason, many people are constantly looking for ways to make their systems more efficient, use them less, and save on energy costs overall.
HVAC specialists throughout the country usually refer people to a few crucial (yet simple) tips that can help them save energy and reduce monthly bills, no matter how low or high the temperature gets.
1. Preventative Maintenance
When it comes to heating and cooling systems, many people choose not to bother with scheduled maintenance. More often than not, this is a mistake that leads to higher monthly energy bills, costly repairs, and even the need to purchase an entirely new system. Professional grade maintenance is simple and (most often) affordable, with the long-term benefits far out-weighing the long-term costs. When the vital parts of your heating and cooling system are kept in perfect working order, the result is lower monthly energy bills.
2. Programmable or smart thermostats
As people strive to lower their energy bills and live more environmentally conscious lifestyles, companies who design and manufacture high-end HVAC products are taking notice. This means that programmable thermostats are becoming easier to use, and smart thermostats (which can be operated from phones, tablets and other devices) are coming on strong. These systems represent the future of heating and cooling because they allow you to monitor and manipulate your heating and cooling systems with greater accuracy, resulting in better results and lower overall costs. For instance, why heat or cool a house during the day if no one is present to feel the benefits? Programmable and smart thermostats allow people to adjust heating and cooling more accurately to fit their lifestyles and schedules.
3. Ducts and vents
Your A/C or furnace may be working beautifully, but what if the delivery system is blocked or clogged? That cool or warm air won’t reach the interiors of your home or business where it belongs.
Keeping ducts and vents clean is a key factor in lowering your monthly energy bills. Whenever you see dirt or dust building up on your vents, it’s a good idea to use a strong vacuum to remove blockages. More severe cases may call for the removal of vents for a more thorough cleaning, or even deeper access to ducts in the ceiling or walls to checks for loose joints and leaks. For anyone who wants to protect their investments, however, such extreme cases merit professional help.
4. New equipment
Heating and cooling systems can last a long time when properly maintained and used, but they still have a lifespan. If your system has been in service for more than a decade, especially in areas like New Jersey with distinct seasons, it may be time to start thinking about a new system.
No reputable HVAC company will be in a hurry to recommend a brand new system, and will work with you to prolong the life of your existing equipment. There are, however, cases in which the old system is simply on its last legs and needs to be replaced. If the system is professionally installed, the increase in overall efficiency and decrease in overall monthly energy costs will quickly begin to offset the cost of the investment.
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