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3 Ways Your HVAC System Could Be Driving Your Energy Costs Up
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
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If your HVAC expenses are out of control, it’s time to schedule energy services capable of pinpointing the problem. There could be one major faux pas you’re making in regard to heating and cooling…or there could be several. A professional will help determine the issues driving your bills sky high and can take the necessary steps to bring them down to an appropriate level.

The following are just a few ways you could be wasting energy without even realizing it:

1. Outdated HVAC System
In the past, up to 60 percent of a home’s utility bill could be traced back to heating and cooling equipment. The HVAC industry has gone through some major overhauls. So have the laws regarding new units. Today, heating and cooling systems must have a SEER rating of 14 even to reach the market. EnergyStar products have even higher expectations. That’s a big change from units with ratings of 5 or 6, as we had in the past.

If you’re using an older system, that might be the source of your bill problems. Talk with an HVAC professional about updating your unit. Grants and special financing could make this easier than you expect.

2. Leaky Ducts
Maybe you already have an updated system that isn’t performing as expected. Before installation, did your HVAC team check the ductwork in your home and rule out potential leaks. Over time, the seals holding together pieces of metal ductwork become loose. They can pull apart and let cooled or heated air escape into the recesses of your home. Not only does this leak air away from living spaces where it’s needed, but this can introduce several problems into your home—moisture from condensation, air quality issues, and energy waste.

3. Poor Filter Choices
Did you know the filter in your furnace is meant to protect your unit? It’s not so much a whole-home air filtering device, but new products on the market can be confusing. Aim for a filter with a MERV rating of 8 or less unless you have serious allergies. Expensive, ultra-thick filters are expensive and often restrict airflow enough to damage your HVAC equipment and drive up costs. Your best bet is pairing a basic filter with an air filter capable of caring for your entire house.

Schedule energy services with G+S Energy today and get your bills under control.

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