How Are Your HVAC Habits Hurting Your Budget?
Are you struggling to meet your budgeting goals? Have you been spending more on utility bills and HVAC repairs than you usually do? You may want to evaluate your HVAC habits. Although homeowners buy HVAC systems at a set price, how much they spend running their HVAC systems is largely up in the air. Homeowners may not be able to predict and budget for HVAC-related expenses, but they can take steps to ensure they’re wasting as little money as possible. At Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air, we know that no one likes to spend money on regular HVAC maintenance. We also know that paying for routine maintenance now can save homeowners a ton of money on energy bills, expensive repairs and replacements down the line. Keep reading to learn how your HVAC habits are hurting your budget and how a Sterling HVAC expert can help. Tired of dreading your utility bill? Call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air at 703-721-8888 to schedule heating and air conditioning service. We’ll assess your HVAC system and give you tips for cutting costs.
Higher Energy BillsYour energy bills are directly related to your HVAC habits. If your utility bills are skyrocketing, you need to take a hard look the way you run your HVAC system. Many homeowners unwittingly drive up energy costs with a few common mistakes.
Thermostat SettingsWe get it. When it’s freezing outside, it feels great to crank the heat up in the house. Similarly, when you can’t walk from your car to the front door in the summer without sweating, nothing feels better than an arctic blast of AC. However, nothing drives up energy costs like setting your thermostat to an extreme temperature. Instead of letting your HVAC system do all the work, try winterizing your house with extra window insulation or opening windows on cool summer nights.
Closing Registers and VentsYour HVAC system is designed to function in a space of a specific size. When you close registers and vents, you may be thinking that it will help divert conditioned air to the part of the house that needs it most. Unfortunately, all you’re really doing is forcing your HVAC to act like an improperly sized unit and run less efficiently, which will raise your energy bills.
Expensive HVAC RepairsIn addition to driving up energy costs, bad HVAC habits can also result in avoidable, expensive repairs. Ignoring warning signs of an HVAC problem or failing to schedule regular maintenance might save you a little money in the immediate, but it will cost you down the road.
Ignoring HVAC Warning SignsHVAC systems don’t generally break without giving plenty of warning signs beforehand. When money’s tight, it can be tempting to ignore these signs, but it’s a risky gamble. Here a few warning signs that you need an HVAC repair:
- Short-cycling. Your HVAC system shuts off and turns on abruptly, runs for a while and repeats the process. This is known as short-cycling, and it puts unnecessary wear and tear on your system, drives up utility bills and, if left unaddressed, can result in expensive repairs.
- Strange noises or smells. If your HVAC system has always made strange noises, that’s one thing. However, if it suddenly starts making loud banging, crashing or moaning noises or producing strange smells, this indicates an issue that needs to be looked at by a Sterling HVAC expert.
- Unevenly heated or cooled rooms. When your HVAC system stops adequately heating or cooling your home, it’s a mistake to assume the problem will correct itself. Generally, this means your system needs a repair, and if you don’t address the issue, it could cause additional damage.