If your HVAC system is getting older you may have noticed that your energy bills have gone up. This is because older systems do not run as efficiently when compared to a brand new HVAC system. There are things you can do to make your system more efficient to help your energy bills go back to normal. Below are two of these things so you can start saving money.
Have It Inspected
The first thing you should do is to hire an HVAC company to do a thorough inspection of your unit. They will check for leaks inside the unit and if any are found they will repair them. They will check the fan and the fan blades. If there is a problem with the fan or blades your system has to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature. All components will be checked including the condensate drain lines, the refrigerant supply lines, the condenser pump, and more.
The HVAC contractor will also check the duct system. Because your system is getting older your duct system may also be getting older. The contractor will look for any leaks in the ductwork and any holes. If small leaks are found they can be repaired with a special type of tape. If a lot of problems are found, you should have the ductwork replaced. If you have holes or leaks, then air is escaping when the HVAC unit is running. This loss of air results in you losing money as your system will have to run longer.
Walk outside and look at your unit. If you see any kind of debris stacked up against it, you need to remove it. This may be things like grass clippings, leaves, sticks, and more. These things can block the vents, which can affect how your HVAC unit runs.
If you have a lot of problems with debris piling up against your unit, install a small fence around it. Just make sure it will be easy for you to get in and out of it. You do not want contractors to have a problem getting to your unit. There is temporary fencing that is easy to put up and take down.
Your unit should be sitting on a concrete slab and the slab needs to be in good condition. If not, your unit will not sit evenly, and the coolant will not be able to flow smoothly through the compressor or the coils. This can cause your system to overheat which may result in the compressor to shut down.
An HVAC contractor can tell you of many other ways you can make your unit more efficient.
For more information, reach out to an HVAC service in your area.