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One of the best ways to save money on your utility bill is to buy a programmable thermostat. Look for a thermostat where you can change the temperature while you are away from the home to save money. Programmed thermostats allows you to schedule temperature changes without manually changng the thermostat when you are not there. This in turn, allows you to save money so your heat doesn’t run in the winter and your AC doesn’t run all day in the summer while you are at work.
Replacing your air filters regularly, significantly increases efficiency and lowers your overall energy bill. Not replacing your air filters allows debris and dirt to build up which makes the air harder to flow through your house. Usually air filters last 2-3 months but it is wise to check them once a month to make sure there is no excess build up.
Keeping your HVAC system coil clean is another way you your system can run more efficiently and save you money. The fan that is inside your system pulls warm air in over those coils which alows debris and dirt to stick to them. Try keeping your unit clear of any trees or shrubs so it does not constatly suck up leaves and twigs. Keep an eye on any build up of leaves/twigs and remove them if needed.
In order to keep your HVAC system running properly and efficiently, you should regularly clean your registers (the vents in your house where the air comes out). Vacuum any debris or dust that builds up over time. Since this is where the air enters your home, you want to make sure those vents are clear. If you do have access to any ducts, make sure those are clear of debris as well. If you notice any holes or tears in the ducts, that can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently too.
REPAIR OR REPLACE?
Repair your HVAC System if:
(Cost of Repair) X (Age of Old AC Unit in Years) < (Cost of Your New AC)
– If your HVAC system is less than 10 years old you should consider repairing your unit depending on what the issue is. If it is over under 10 years, theres a chance it is still under warranty so repairing your system is significantly cheaper.
– If you are considering replacing or just repairing your HVAC system, weigh the cost of repair first before replacing. Your HVAC unit may just need a simple part replaced instead of paying for a whole new unit. It doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion as well so you know exactly what you are paying for.
– If you do have warranty on your HVAC system then that is something to consider when repairing your unit. If it is still under warranty then it will cost far less to repair even if the upfront cost is hefty. If your overall unit is still in great condition so it wouldn’t make sense to pay for a whole new unit.
– Overall if you are on the fence of repairing or replacing it comes down to two things: 1. the age of your unit and 2. the cost of the repair. If you own a old HVAC system that has constant issues and the cost is equal or just below the cost of a new system then it is a no brainer! Replace your unit! If your HVAC system is relatively new and the costs do not outweigh a new system, then just repair!
Replace your HVAC System if:
(Cost of Repair) X (Age of Old AC Unit in Years) > (Cost of Your New AC)
– You should also consider replacing your HVAC system if your current system is old and outdated. Usually if your system is over 10-15 years, you want to think about replacing.
– New HVAC systems have what they call a R-410a refrigerant to cool your home. This new refrigerant is more environmentally friendly unlike the old refrigerant R-22 which is in older HVAC systems. R-22 has become extremely costly to repair, rather than just replacing your HVAC unit with the new R-410a.
– If you see a constant spike in your energy bills, it may be time to replace your HVAC unit. New units are more economically friendly, saving you tons of money on your bill each month. If your energy company has not raised it’s rates but your bill keep rising, consider replacing.
– If you notice hot spots in your home it may be time to replace your HVAC system. HVAC units lose efficiency over time and that is caused by the normal wear and tear. If you AC or heat is running all the time but cannot seem to keep up with the temperature you set, it may be overworking and that increases your energy bill.