Cutting Your Energy Costs

Cutting your energy costs starts with simply maintaining your HVAC system.  Homeowners or property managers give little thought to their HVAC system throughout the year until that bill comes in and it is sky high.  Yes energy costs are on the rise but that doesn’t mean you have to burn money with a poorly working HVAC system.  Here are some maintenance tips that you and your HVAC contractor can do to keep your energy bills down.

Change the Filters

One of the easiest things to do to make your HVAC system run smoother is to change your air filter on a regular basis.  The filters are what keeps dirt and dust from flying all over your home when you use your system, they also help to keep the air clean in your property.  Dirty and clogged filters make your system work harder to try and push air through them, wasting even more energy.  You don’t need to call in an HVAC contractor to change your filters here is a guide on doing it yourself.

Check the Fan and Clean the Blades

When your HVAC unit is on and the fan is running it vibrates, while that is perfectly normal it can become loose because of that small vibration.  When an HVAC company comes in to do an inspection they will check your fan to make sure that it is in perfect working order.  At the same time you should have the fan blades cleaned.  Removing the buildup of dirt and dust helps your fan to operate better and it will help to keep your filters stay clean longer.

Oil the Motor

Depending on the type of heating system that you have it may need oiling from time to time.  Some systems have the motor sealed where you don’t need to add oil while others will need regular oiling, it will be the HVAC contractor who determines which type you have and take care of it for you.

Regular maintenance by a licensed HVAC contractor is in your best interest, not only do you make your system last longer but it keeps your energy bills down at the same time.  It reduces the need for emergency services as you can catch problems before they become too serious and your left without heat in the middle of January.  Emergency HVAC repairs can run into thousands of dollars, doesn’t that make maintenance worth it?

What an HVAC Company Really Does

What an HVAC Company Really Does

Rarely do we give our heating and cooling systems until something goes wrong and then it is time to call your local HVAC company.  Other than emergency services do know what an HVAC company really does? Poorly maintained HVAC systems cost you money as they have to work harder to keep your home warm or cool.  Let’s look at all of the things an HVAC company can do for you.

Annual Inspections

If you notice your system isn’t working efficiently the first thing an HVAC company will do is carry out an inspection.  It doesn’t matter if you have a forced air system or central air, they will look at all parts of your system to not only find your current problem but any other issues that may come up in future.  It is a good idea to have an annual inspection done it helps to minimize the need for expensive emergency servicing.

Cleanings and Repairs

HVAC systems need regular cleanings to keep them running at peak efficiency.  The method of cleaning your furnaces and ductwork may vary but it improves the performance of your system and the air quality in your home.  Heating and cooling systems have come a long way and today they are incredibly sophisticated and efficient, a good HVAC company will use start of the art technology to clean and make repairs.

New Installation and Replacements

HVAC systems have a lifespan of 12-20 years depending on how well you maintain them but there will come a time where they just aren’t worth fixing anymore and it is time to get a new one.  Some HVAC companies will sell units themselves while others will make a recommendation on a new unit that works for your needs.  You can choose your own system but you will need an HVAC company to do the installation for you.

Support After Installation

After you get a new system installed your HVAC company should be there to answer any questions you may have.  They should also perform any servicing that is recommended by the manufacturer.  In most cases there are no issues after installation is complete but if you need any repairs done then they will be there for you.

Choose your HVAC company carefully, don’t try and repair your system yourself.  Repairs are never something that you should try and do yourself, it requires a specialist to repair, replace or service your HVAC unit.