Efficiency is critical when it comes to the HVAC system in your Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home. According to ENERGY STAR, the average household spends more than $2,200 year on energy bills. Nearly half of this accounts for heating and cooling costs. Here are a few simple tweaks you can make to improve the efficiency of your system and reduce your overall utility bills.
Keep Your Filter Clean
The air filter in your HVAC system is responsible for trapping small particles and pollutants to keep them out of the air in your home and prevent them from clogging up your system’s components. If your home is dusty or you share your home with pets, you should check your filter every two weeks for buildup and change it when needed. If not, then simply follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for when you should change your furnace filter.
Calibrate Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is responsible for turning your system on and off as needed to help achieve the desired temperature in your home. Unfortunately, over time, your thermostat can become inaccurate, varying up to five degrees. Even though this seems like a slight difference, it can result in wasted energy over time. Talk to your HVAC technician about calibrating your thermostat.
Clean Your Vents
Airflow is crucial for maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system. Over time, the dust and debris that travels through your HVAC system can work through your ductwork and settle in your vents. When this debris builds up. it can lead to reduced airflow, causing your system to have to work harder than it should to reach the desired temperature.
Help improve your efficiency by trying some of the simple HVAC tweaks above. Ready to schedule your maintenance service? Contact us today and one of our A&E Heating & Air Conditioning technicians will set up an appointment.