Economic shopping habits can help us or hurt us. Buying a bulk brand cereal over a brand-named cereal is good way to save a little bit of money here and there. However, there are larger purchases that don’t always pay off when you take the cheaper route. Buying a cheap TV or refrigerator may end up being more of a headache to you than if you had spend the extra money to get a higher quality one. The same principle holds true with your HVAC system repairs. You can spend the money to have regular repairs and maintenance done, though it may seem like you’re spending more money up front, but you’ll really be saving yourself money and frustration in major repairs. These payoffs end up being substantial over time.
How can regular maintenance of your HVAC system benefit you?
Would you notice if your HVAC system was not working properly? You may not. The signs of a malfunctioning HVAC unit may not be as obvious as you think. You may not notice a change in temperature or a significant chemical smell, but that doesn’t mean that your system is running efficiently. You don’t want to wait until there is a significant problem to remember that you have a heating and air conditioning system. Even small problems can quickly turn into large, and very expensive ones, but regular maintenance is a great way to be proactive.
So if you can’t sense a problem, what are the signs that something is wrong?
Unfortunately, problems will show in your utility bills. When your HVAC unit is not working properly, your electric or gas bills could be affected. Why pay the extra money every month? Having your HVAC unit serviced will prevent problems from occurring and bring down your utility costs. Don’t just assume that spikes in your utility costs are because of a down-turning economy.
Although, you may not always see jumps in your bills from month to month, there may be effects over time. The problems will continue to get worse, rather than better, causing gradual increases in your bills. Having routine maintenance done will prevent leaks, gaps, or buildup in order to provide you with an efficiently-running machine. While attending trade school, HVAC technicians learn through extensive hands-on training how to detect, trouble-shoot, and correct even the smallest of problems to save you money and hassle later.
It May Just Be Time for a New HVAC Unit
The idea of purchasing a new HVAC system can seem daunting, but you may just be in need of an upgrade. Like with a car, there comes a point when you are just patching up recurring problems. Eventually, you just have to scrap the whole thing and start over. The same goes for your heating and air conditioning system. While this may seem like a substantial amount of money up front, which it is, it will save you more over a longer period of time in repairs and in energy costs. Don’t let that initial unit price tag frighten you into making a decision for the short-term rather than the long-term.
Some Ways to Save Money in the Summer
A few degrees can make a big difference. Even though it gets hot outside, try to avoid putting your air conditioning on its coldest setting. Like taking the stairs when you’re trying to lose weight, every little bit counts. Check the coolant levels before the hot weather hits. That way you’ll be sure that you are prepared with the best functioning system. Fans are also a great way to keep a house cool, so don’t feel like you need to solely rely on your air conditioning. They will create some air movement to make you feel better and it will actually help your air conditioning run more efficiently.
Some Ways to Save Money in the Winter
Before winter sets in, have your heating ducts cleaned. Change the air filters, too. Unwanted debris from the air can also hinder your HVAC system as it heats your home. Having your furnace checked out during the wall will avoid wasting energy throughout the winter. They may also spot any chemical leaks that could cause you problems later. Weatherproofing your windows can make a big difference in keeping your home warm. Why blast your heat when all of the warm air is escaping through the windows? Keeping your heat down even just a few degrees from where you would like it will make a big difference. Everyone likes the cozy feeling of a sweater or hoodie anyway.
It takes just a little bit of preparation, but taking these extra steps could potentially save you a significant amount of money on your utility bills. While saving yourself money, you are also doing your part to help the environment, too.