Most people are excited to know that summer is coming. However, it’s not all good. With the hot climate, comes the hot muggy days and high utility bills. While there are many HVAC systems that are energy efficient thus resulting in relatively lower electricity bills, not everyone is capable of installing them. It is for this reason that most people would rather sacrifice their comfort just to cut down their bills.
Despite the fact that you are using your heating and cooling systems in order to be comfortable, you can still eliminate the fear of electric bill outburst. That is only true if you keep in mind cost-cutting tips that may aid you in keeping your energy consumption at bay and your electricity bill low while still keeping your comfort levels relatively high.
The rise in your electricity bill isn’t the only thing you should fear as the season changes. Your HVAC system might breakdown and not be able to give you the comfort you need. Therefore, be aware of the changes in your HVAC unit such as how it sounds or smells may save you a great deal of money and inconvenience down the road.
Must Mildew, or Moldy
If there is excess humidity or moisture in the HVAC system, you could end up with mold and mildew flowing through the ductwork. To help prevent mildew and moisture problems, fix all water leaks, improve drainage, schedule bi-annual HVAC tune-ups, and frequently replace HVAC filters. If you have exposed earth in your crawlspace or basement, you may want to look into ways to cover the soil.
The best way to protect your belongings and prevent mold and mildew from forming in your home and HVAC system is with a whole-home dehumidifier. Connected directly to your existing HVAC system, the dehumidifier automatically removes the correct amount of moisture from the air and deposits the condensate outdoors.
When scheduling your spring air conditioning tune-up, make sure the company you hire includes a full cleaning. This annual inspection will clear your condensate drain line, clean evaporator coils, and detect any mold or mildew problems.
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Keeping heat-emitting appliances in rooms that are cooled by your HVAC systems or have a cooling system in a room that is being heated may cause your unit to go the extra mile just to let you attain the comfort you seek. Keeping them installed away from your HVAC systems may also help lessen the disturbances they bring and ensure that your HVAC systems will stay as efficient as they say they are.
We tend to neglect the fact that keeping our appliances plugged in, despite turning it off, will still draw power. This may just draw small amounts of energy but if this will go on for a long time, this slow and steady energy loss, called “vampire energy” or “leaking electricity” will result to your electricity bill to skyrocket. Thus, by unplugging appliances that you are not using, you can reduce heat and electricity costs. For convenience, use a power bar so that you only have to flip one switch for several appliances at once.
Keep Vents and Filters Clean
We have always reminded you that clean filters, vents and ducts help your air conditioning system perform efficiently. As your HVAC system draws air in and over its coils, it also pulls in the accompanying dust, dirt, and debris. If left to build up, the system will have to work harder to pull air through the system. Additionally, the pollen, dust, and other contaminants can create an unhealthy indoor environment. You don’t want suffering and medical costs for your family or household.
By frequently changing your air filter, vacuuming around vents/registers, and remembering to schedule bi-annual professional maintenance, the A/C won’t need to use more electricity to cool your home. And your indoor air will be healthier!
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Many of the house-hold products we use to freshen our homes such as air fresheners and aerosol sprays are not environmentally friendly. That’s why plants are needed in our homes. In addition to assisting to clean the air, plants help to keep the air cool. Plants consume solar heat and hot air, and release moisture into the house. Moreover, shade your outside HVAC unit with trees or bushes to increase efficiency.
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