One of the first things you’ll notice when the energy efficiency of your HVAC system drops is an increase in your energy bills. The changes are gradual and might not be noticeable immediately, but by the time it becomes apparent, it’s often a little too late. Take a look at a few months’ worth of bills and compare their totals. If you see a steady increase in your consumption, it’s a sure sign that something has gone wrong with your heating and cooling.
Going over your energy bills is one way to do an energy audit of your home. Energy audits are essential to know where your HVAC stands in terms of efficiency. A full audit is best done by a professional, however, there are some simple steps you can follow to get you started. Our HVAC experts at All Weather enumerate a few of them below.
Check Your Filters
Air filters remove dust and other contaminants from your circulation. Over time, these filters can get saturated and will need to be replaced. The importance of changing air filter in home settings is demonstrated in efficiency and air quality improvements. Our specialists recommend visually checking vents and filters frequently to see if they need to be changed.
Use a programmable thermostat to automatically set temperature levels for times when there is low usage at home. This could be during the hours when everybody is either at school or at work. The Department of Energy estimates that a one degree adjustment translates to approximately 1% savings on your annual energy totals.
Patching Up Leaks
Add spotting and patching up air leaks to your air conditioning and furnace inspection checklist. This includes checking the weatherproofing seals on your windows and doors as well as repairing any damages to your duct network.
At All Weather, we can help you with energy-efficient HVAC solutions and professional energy auditing services. Call us at (707) 447-9855 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit today. We serve customers in Vacaville, and other surrounding areas in CA.