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5 HVAC Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

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In Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer can be costly. You can shave off some extra expenses that creep up with improper HVAC use. You will also increase comfort by watching out for a few of these common HVAC mistakes.

Cranking Up the Thermostat

It’s tempting to crank up the heater to heat the house faster. In reality, though, cranking up the thermostat doesn’t make the HVAC system reach your desired comfort levels in less time. It only puts more strain on the system. As a result, you could be looking at additional maintenance costs down the road, and this isn’t something any cost-conscious homeowner wants to deal with.

Instead, set your thermostat to your desired temperature — no more or less. If you find yourself frequently changing the thermostat throughout the day, try investing in a programmable thermostat. They’re more efficient than having to manually set the temperature multiple times. These thermostats also help to keep your utility bills in check.

Neglecting the Filter

Failing to change your system’s air filter can result in damage and increased energy bills. Dirty filters restrict airflow throughout the HVAC system, causing it to short cycle, overheat, or break down. This results in a shorter lifespan for your system, meaning that you will have to shell out extra cash for a replacement.

Rather than avoid filter changes, make it a point to change your filter every one to three months. A good rule of thumb is to check it monthly if you have pets or rely heavily on your system. It is important to check your filter regularly to make sure that it isn’t clogged.

Skipping HVAC Maintenance

When you’re trying to cut costs, it might be tempting to want to save money by skipping your annual HVAC maintenance. The truth, however, is that failing to invest in regular servicing and inspections can lead to bigger, costlier problems.

Annual HVAC maintenance helps to save energy and reduces your bills by ensuring the system is in optimal working condition. Your HVAC technician can also spot problems early and ward off extensive damages that could even require you to replace the entire system. Don’t wait until your system starts to perform poorly.

Ignoring System Issues

If you’ve put off having your HVAC system serviced for a while, you may notice odd sounds coming from the system. When your heater or air conditioner starts to act up, it may fail to circulate the air properly or produce the right temperatures. Whether you notice a lack of heat or air, unusual cycling activities, or strange noises, don’t ignore the issue. Timely action can prevent costly results.

Checking for a tripped switch or utility outage is also a good idea. If you are not able to find the source of the problem or fix it, call Airwise right away. Putting off the call will only make the problem worse, resulting in higher repair or replacement costs.

Failing to Properly Insulate

Poor insulation drastically increases your heating or cooling costs because there is no barrier to heat transfer. This is especially true for homes with unfinished attics or basements, although older homes with old or missing insulation will have this problem.

Leaks around your house can also lead to energy waste and difficulty achieving preferred temperatures. Fill in any holes, cracks, or gaps with caulking or weatherstripping. Place draft blockers under doors, and either cover or replace inefficient windows. You’ll notice an immediate improvement in your utility bill when your home’s envelope is well sealed.

Don’t wait for problems that result from HVAC mistakes to get out of hand. Call Airwise at (817) 444-0090 to learn more about our heating and air conditioning services. Our technicians will be happy to discuss cost-effective options that can help keep more money in your pocket.

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