Heating and cooling your home or business is a big expense due to the amount of energy these HVAC units use, but there are ways to cut back on your energy usage without sacrificing comfort. When you live in Miami, you depend on your HVAC system to keep your facility cool in the summer and warm in the winter, so most people deal with the high energy cost to run these systems in order to maintain a comfortable environment.
What many people may not realize is that if your unit is not functioning correctly, it will use more energy than it should. Not only is this wasting energy but you’re wasting money, too. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to cut operating costs.
Here are three ways to reduce your heating and cooling energy usage:
Inspect your AC Unit
Inspecting your AC unit to determine if you have the right one for your home or office is the first step in cutting back on the amount of energy your heating and cooling system uses. Here are some things to look for. How old is it? Does the size of the unit match the square footage of the home or business it’s trying to cool or heat? If you have an old unit or one that is too large or too small for your home or business, you’re wasting energy.
Over the last few years there have been many improvements made to these units making them more efficient and reducing the amount of energy they use. Therefore, if you have an old AC unit, you could save money by replacing it with a new more efficient model.
Maintain Your HVAC System
When was the last time you had your HVAC unit serviced? Take advantage of and have qualified technicians do a systems check on your HVAC unit to make sure it’s functioning efficiently. Maintaining your AC system will extend the life of the unit and reduce your energy usage.
If your air conditioning unit has worn parts or if it simply is not functioning at full capacity for any reason, the technician may be able to make repairs before it breaks down. Once the repairs are made and your system is function at full capacity again, your energy usage should drop.
Clean Your Duct System
When dirt and debris collects in your duct system, the unit will have to work harder to produce results. This not only puts a huge strain on your system making it wear out faster but it makes the unit use more energy, too. When scheduling your regular maintenance service checks, include air conditioning duct cleaning every three to four years, too or anytime you think you might have a problem.
When your duct system is clean, the HVAC unit can function much better reducing energy cost and saving you money. Reducing your heating and cooling energy usage is important not only to keep the cost to operate it down but also to do your part in helping to support green living.
40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration has fully trained technicians that will come out to perform routine maintenance checks, make repairs and provide you with duct cleaning services that will help to keep your home or office heating and cooling energy usage down.