How Can I Save on Energy Costs?
There are several ways to save on your energy costs. Here are some suggestions:
- Upgrade to a high-efficiency system
- Adjust the temperature when you are gone for more than a couple of hours
- Use ceiling fans to move the air around
- Change your filters
- Have annual maintenance performed on your system to ensure efficient performance
- Install a programmable thermostat
Is It Best to Repair My Heating or Cooling System, or Replace It?
It is advised to replace your system if your unit is ten years old (or older) AND requires frequent repairs. It is also recommended to replace it if the system stops working altogether – fails to heat or cool areas of your home. Another situation in which it will save you money to replace it is if the system runs excessively or continuously turns on and off (running on short cycles). All of these options will result in high electricity or contractor bills which leads to the conclusion that it would be a more economical choice in the long run to replace your current system.
How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?
HVAC equipment life expectancy is critically dependent on the preventative maintenance and service you perform on your system. It is essential you have a qualified technician perform a bi-yearly inspection to ensure proper performance. Under the assumption that you have kept up with routine maintenance, it is suggested that a system will last anywhere from 12-15 years. For more specific information, check below.
– Air Conditioning Units, on average, last 12-15 years
– Heat Pumps, on average, last 12-15 years
– Furnaces, on average, last 15-25 years
Does A Larger System Offer Better Performance?
The answer to this question is simple- No! If you get a system that is too large, the HVAC system will heat or cool your home faster than an adequate sized system; however, it will operate in short cycles which causes the system to start and stop more frequently which results in a higher energy bill. On the other hand, if a system is too small, it will run continuously to try attaining the desired temperature which ultimately will also result in a higher energy bill. Overall, the best-sized HVAC system for your home is based on your house’s square footage so that it can heat and cool your house without overworking your system.
How Often Should I Change My Filters?
– 1” Standard Air Filter: It is recommended that you check these air filters at least once a month
– 4” Media Filter: It is recommended that you change these air filters every six months- (1) time at the beginning of the air conditioning season and (1) time at the start of the heating season
– Electronic Air Cleaner (EAC): It is recommended that you have an EAC cleaned four times a year- (1) time at the beginning of each season