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The Cost Of An Inefficient HVAC System

4 Money-Saving Reasons To Repair Your Inefficient HVAC System

Now that the holidays are over, and you have been relieved of your holiday hosting duties, it is once again time to return to real life. Naturally, if you had friends and family joining you this season, you may notice a spike in your energy bill; however, if your company has long departed yet your energy expenses continue to rise, an inefficient HVAC system may be to blame.

An inefficient heating and cooling system is both a significant waste of energy and a very costly issue. Check out these three reasons it is imperative to repair your inefficient HVAC system as soon as possible!

Why It Is Essential to Repair Your Inefficient HVAC System

1. Cracked Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger presents a multitude of expensive and potentially dangerous problems. Whether it’s due to old age or run of the mill wear and tear, heat exchangers can break. Cracks can not only release pollutants into the air you breathe, but also force your heating system to work that much harder to warm your home. Rather than spend more and more money on your monthly power bill or on air filtration solutions, schedule a repair to solve this money-wasting problem right away!

2. Excessive Air Leakage

If you have an older HVAC system, you may run into this common issue. Naturally, as time passes your ventilation system will gradually decline. This deterioration will slowly allow air to leak from the system, meaning your furnace and air conditioner will have to operate at a higher level than it should to produce the appropriate amount of hot or cold air for your home. Ultimately, your energy bill will significantly increase—as much as 30%—to account for the energy lost to the air leakage. Not only is this a waste of energy and an unnecessary strain on your system, but it can produce expensive consequences. When your power bills are climbing, have your ductwork inspected to ensure you’re not losing money to leaky ducts.

3. Temperature Fluctuation

Common signs of an inefficient HVAC system are the presence of especially warm or cool spots throughout your home. If you don’t keep up with your regular maintenance dust and other debris can build up in your system, causing it to run inefficiently. This means that some rooms may be a comfortable temperature, while others will remain too hot or too cold no matter how many times you adjust the thermostat. If you experience these temperature inconsistencies, call a licensed professional to clean out your system.

4. Old Thermostats: While your old family thermostat may provide some nostalgic sentiment, there are many more benefits to an upgrade! If you have a manual thermostat, you’re forced to walk over to it in order to adjust the temperature. While this may not be too much of a chore when you’re at home, constant energy use is a waste when there is no one in the house. Programmable thermostats like the Google Nest will learn your preferred temperature, and build a schedule around yours! This customizable feature has saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling. Additionally, programmable thermostats often use apps which make it easy for you to adjust the temperature in your home no matter where you are! While you are away the Nest sets itself to Eco Temperature in order to save energy, but when the kids call you to let you know they’re almost home from school you can turn up the heat from your phone to ensure they will be comfortable by the time they step foot in the door!

If your home is suffering the symptoms of an inefficient HVAC system, give Comfort First a call at any of our locations across North Carolina or contact us online today. We put your comfort first!

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