Do you feel like no matter how much you adjust your temperature, your house just isn’t as comfortable as it should be? Are you sick of seeing your HVAC bills steadily go up, and aren’t sure what you’re doing to cause this? If any of this is ringing a bell, you’ve got an energy efficiency problem.
As technology has improved in recent years, the average heating and cooling system has improved too, wasting less energy and becoming less expensive to operate. However, not every heater or AC unit is going to be able to fit the energy needs of your home, and even the best systems will not be able to function properly if you are using them wrong. The good news is that by hiring Bay Heating & Air Conditioning to improve your home’s energy efficiency, you will be able to save money, help the environment, and enjoy greater comfort year-round. Keep reading for the main signs your home is not as energy-efficient as it should be, and make sure to call our skilled technicians for all your HVAC service needs.
The Top 7 Signs You Need to Improve Energy-Efficiency In Your Home:
- Your HVAC System Us Under or Oversized: When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not always better. A lot of people assume that installing a larger AC unit automatically gives you more cooling power. But this is like putting a sports car’s engine in a family sedan—not only will you waste a ton of energy, you can end up damaging your equipment at the same time. The same is true for HVAC units that are undersized, and have to use twice as much energy as they should to heat/cool your home.
- Your energy costs keep going up: If you have recently experienced an unexplained rise in energy costs, there’s a strong chance the problem lies with your HVAC system. Everything from leaky air ducts to dirty filters can cause your heater/AC unit to function less efficiently. The good news is that our skilled technicians can inspect your unit and quickly determine the root of any problem.
- Your heater or air conditioner breaks down constantly: Air conditioning or heating systems that break down constantly and require frequent repairs may be too old and or/worn out to meet your current energy needs. If this is the case in your home, it’s usually best to just upgrade to a new system rather than wasting any more money on repairs and rising energy costs.
- Your equipment has trouble shutting off/cycles frequently: An AC or heating unit that shuts down at random times or cycles on and off frequently may not be properly sized for your home’s energy needs. It’s also possible that your system was not installed properly, or that it’s damaged in some way. Whatever the explanation is, you shouldn’t ignore this problem, as frequent cycling is bad for your HVAC equipment and increases your energy costs.
- You are experiencing increased allergy symptoms or respiratory issues: Increased allergy, asthma, and other respiratory symptoms in the home can usually be tied to poor indoor air quality. In turn, your indoor air quality is usually tied to your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. For instance, a unit that has clogged filters or ducts that are filled with dust and debris will cause your equipment to work less efficiently, driving your energy costs up and decreasing your air quality in the process. To improve breathing and health conditions for yourself and your family and to ensure your HVAC system is not working twice as hard to provide you with half the comfort, consider hiring Bay Air Conditioning and Heating to strengthen your indoor air quality.
- There are inconsistent temperatures throughout your home/business: Cold spots in certain rooms and hot spots in others are a sign you are wasting money on energy costs. This could be due to improperly used vents, damaged ductwork, or thermostat problems. Regardless, your energy costs will continue to be high and your comfort levels will continue to be uneven until you take care of this problem.
- Your HVAC system has experienced notable wear and tear: If your HVAC system has experienced visual wear and tear, such as leaks, dents, or even fire damage, this is very likely to affect your energy costs. Do not ignore signs there is a problem with your HVAC equipment, since the longer you wait to call for a repair the worse your system is likely to perform and the more your heating and cooling bills are likely to rise. Strange smells and loud noises are also a sign there is a major problem with your HVAC system.