This might not be common knowledge, but one of the biggest energy hogs in any home is the HVAC system. That said, you need to be aware of possible HVAC mistakes you are making that affect your comfort level and drain your bank account.
While skilled and certified Emergency Air technicians can quickly resolve any HVAC system issues, it is still wise to avoid HVAC mistakes when possible, as some can be very costly to fix.
Below are some of the HVAC mistakes you should avoid at all cost:
Foregoing routine HVAC system maintenance
Before the warm and cold weather seasons start, it would be wise to have your HVAC system checked by a professional.
Skipping routine HVAC system maintenance might cause problems like malfunctioning parts to go undetected.
Unfortunately, when some parts malfunction, your HVAC system can end up working harder than it should to cool and heat your home. Over time, this can also significantly impact your system’s overall energy use.
Shutting the doors to rooms inside your home
If you have a forced-air heating system, you need to be mindful of doors in your homes. If you have rooms without return vents, you won’t be allowing air to return to the furnace when you close the doors.
When air cannot re-enter the furnace, it disrupts the return-supply cycle, causing the furnace to work overtime and waste energy.
Extended thermostat use can also create unwanted hot spots and drafts in some areas around your house.
More than anything, however, it can affect the heating system’s lifespan. That said, even if you are not using a room, consider it wise to keep the door open to allow the air to flow freely.
Ignoring your ductwork at home
Your ductwork at home serves as the delivery system for both the cool and the warm air. Any issues with the ductwork can have an impact on how your HVAC system functions. Ideally, it would be best to have a certified HVAC professional inspect your ductwork at home every two to five years.
If you smoke and have multiple pets at home, having your ductwork inspected more often is recommended.
Not positioning your thermostat properly
Most people don’t give much thought when it comes to the location of their thermostats. However, where your thermostat is located is actually essential. For instance, it is vital that your thermostat is not situated near heat sources.
Keep in mind that thermostats can pick up heat from floor lamps, television sets, and other appliances. When it picks up false heat sources, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed to cool your home.
The best spot for your thermostat should be in an area that’s not exposed to any heat sources or intense sunlight.
Incorrectly sizing an air conditioning system
When building a new home, you must consider both the size of your home as well as the size of the air conditioning system you want to install.
Central-air systems work in tandem with your home’s heating system and use parts of the ducts and furnace for the heating system.
If you want to determine the capacity your central air conditioning unit needs, consider it best to consult an HVAC professional. HVAC professionals can quickly help you determine the capacity while considering your home’s ductwork and layout.
It is also crucial that the air conditioner you choose is sized appropriately for your home. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to remove enough humidity and heat from the air, especially during the peak of summer.
If it’s too large, it can end up cycling on and off all too often. When short-cycling occurs, you will not only feel uncomfortable inside your home, you will also be wasting energy.
While seemingly straightforward, there is more to your HVAC than meets the eye. In line with this, it would be best to always check with an HVAC professional if you notice anything off with your system.
This is important so they can troubleshoot any possible issues early before they become massive problems that might cost a fortune to fix.
About the author
Sara Olsen is the Content Marketing Manager of Emergency Air, Arizona’s premier HVAC repair and service company with NATE-certified technicians and the best HVAC service in the quickest time. When not writing articles, she makes the most of her time with her family and gives back to the community.
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