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What Interferes with HVAC Efficiency?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on November 30, 2016

Inefficiencies in a HVAC system cause unnecessary increases in energy bills and put more strain on the system. Over time, strained HVAC systems won’t last as long and will need to be replaced much sooner.

However, there are things you can do as a homeowner to keep an HVAC system running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Why Is HVAC Efficiency So Important?

Besides the obvious energy savings, effeciency can help extend the life of equipment. HVAC systems can get clogged up at the outside unit, or at the intake vent, where the air filter goes. For an HVAC system to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, air must be able to flow unimpeded.

In this article, we’ll give you a brief list of dangers to HVAC efficiency that you can take care of without having to call an HVAC service technician or specialist!

Why Does Extending the Life of HVAC Equipment Matter?

Energy Use MeterIf you spend $5,000 on an HVAC unit and the system lasts for 10 years, the cost equates to about $500 per year. If that system lasts an extra 5 years, you’ve essentially saved yourself $2,500, or half the cost of that equipment.

The longer you can get HVAC-related equipment to last, the more money you’ll save over time. And you’ll be paying for the cost of HVAC maintenance regardless of how long the system lasts, so you might as well try to get as many years out of the equipment as possible.

There will always be an eventual tipping point, at which point expensive repairs are no longer worthwhile, but that’s something that’s best discussed with your professional technician.

Outdoor HVAC Tips for Homeowners

  • Clear any build up of Snow off the top and sides of the unit (If we get any snow in Richmond, Virginia this year!)
  • Watch for ice buildup on heat pumps (if you see significant build up, turn the system off and use warm water to melt the ice or snow)
  • Don’t let leaves, grass clippings, acorns, and other yard debris clog up the unit
  • Cut back any plants or vines growing up around the unit
  • Make sure never to put anything on top of an HVAC unit, like a tarp, garden hose, box, etc.

Indoor HVAC Tips for Homeowners

  • Change Air Filters at least every other month
  • Keep large dogs brushed to avoid pet hair build up in the filter
  • Try to keep doors throughout the house open to allow air to flow around the house
  • Keep all vents fully open and adjust temperatures at the thermostat
  • Don’t forget to close up storm windows during the winter
  • Never set an HVAC thermostat above 75 degrees in winter or below 65 degrees during summer
  • Keep thermostat adjusting to a minimum!

Get HVAC Maintenance and Tune-ups Completed Now!

Despite these frequent warm spells, cold weather is rapidly approaching the Richmond, Virginia area. Most HVAC companies are going to be very busy when winter hits, so be sure to schedule a tune up now, especially for elderly loved ones.

You don’t want to be without heat during a cold winter storm, especially if the issue could have been avoided! An HVAC service visit could also help you avoid a costly repair. Contact us to schedule HVAC maintenance or to learn more about the Howell’s Comfort Club Program.

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