HVAC System Maintenance: 5 Reasons Why Your Heating Costs Are Through the Roof
5 Reasons Why Your Heating Costs Are Through the Roof
Heating costs are sure to rise as the outdoor temperatures fall during winter. If you notice your heating costs increasing each year, it is safe to say that your HVAC System may be showing signs of aging or needs repair. The most common sign is that your heating system is losing efficiency.
The more your HVAC System loses its ability to heat your home, the more it will cost you to achieve the same level of comfort. Here are some of the most common causes for your heating system to lose its efficiency.
How do furnaces lose efficiency?
- Dirty HVAC Air Filters
Your HVAC filter being dirty is the leading cause of heating system inefficiency. Replacing your air filter regularly will keep efficient airflow through your HVAC system. Clogged air filters reduce the airflow causing multiple components to drop in performance. Continue neglect of replacing your air filter regularly can even result in system failure.
Most air filters are scheduled to be replaced every 60 to 90 days. Pet owners, tobacco users, and those with elderly or small children in the home may consider replacing their air filter more frequently.
- Dust and Debris Buildup
The air filter will only remove a certain amount of dust and debris from settling on your components. This build-up will reduce their efficiency. Your HVAC System coil is one component that is expensive to replace and whose lifespan can be increased with proper cleaning. Your HVAC system has two coils, an evaporator coil, and a condenser coil.
Dust buildup on your evaporator coil reduces the ability to reduce humidity in your home’s air. Debris buildup on the condenser coil limits the condenser coil’s ability to release that heat outside.
The best way to prevent dust buildup is to have your heating system undergo preventative maintenance twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. Our experienced technicians will clean and shore up your system and report any potentially problematic areas to address.
- Failing Ductwork
Your ductwork is the delivery system for cooling and heat to your home. When this delivery system is compromised, that system is less efficient and your HVAC system must work harder to achieve the same level of comfort. During a preventative maintenance appointment, our technicians thoroughly inspect your ductwork to identify any wear and tear or potential areas that may cause improper air flow.
- Blocked or Close Air Vents
Many times we forget to keep air vents free of furniture or rugs, and sometimes we close air vent to attempt to redirect airflow. Without a zoning thermostat, your heater will continue to heat that room regardless.
- Aging Heating Systems
The average lifespan of your HVAC system is about 15-20 years. Proper maintenance can increase lifespan considerably. As your system ages, it will decrease its efficiency. As technology increases, systems become more efficient, work less, and last longer.
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