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 Bills 

Your 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 Settings

We 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 Vents

Your 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 Repairs 

In 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 Signs

HVAC 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. 

Failing to Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

Scheduling routine HVAC maintenance can feel like overkill, especially if your system doesn’t have an immediate problem. However, regular maintenance is actually what keeps your HVAC system healthy.  For example, if you don’t schedule regular maintenance, you may not notice that your air filter is especially clogged or dirty. An excessively dirty air filter puts strain on your whole system by making it harder to push air through your home. This can eventually require an expensive repair. The best way to avoid unnecessary, costly repairs is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance

HVAC Replacement

If homeowners continually neglect their HVAC systems, they may cause so much damage that repairs no longer suffice. Nothing eats into a budget (or a savings account) like having to do a complete HVAC replacement. That’s one of the many reasons why it’s important to schedule routine HVAC maintenance. However, not all HVAC replacements are a result of a homeowner’s neglect. HVAC systems don’t last forever, so if your system is getting up there in years, you may want to consider HVAC replacement. The good news is that newer HVAC systems tend to be more energy efficient, so in addition to reducing your carbon footprint, investing in a new HVAC system can help you lower utility costs and trim your budget. 

Call a Sterling HVAC Expert

Whether you need routine HVAC maintenance, repairs or a replacement, Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help. When you schedule heating and air conditioning service with us, you get the benefits of expertise, friendly customer service and affordable pricing. Concerned you won’t be able to afford HVAC services? Don’t worry — we offer multiple financing options that allow our customers to get the repairs they need with no out-of-pocket expenses.  When you’re ready to address the HVAC-related expenses that have been hurting your budget, it’s time to call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air. Whether you need an inspection, cleaning, repairs or replacement, we’re here for you. Questions? Feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 703-721-8888.