What You Should Know About The Care And Keeping Of Your HVAC Unit
If you’re looking to save money, consider updating your HVAC systems. From the heat pump to the home air purifier, there are many places in which you are likely losing money. This is likely to be even more the case if you have some type of ducted system, as a ducted system with duct leakage can end up draining up to 40% of the energy that any given air conditioner uses – even an air conditioner that is otherwise running perfectly well.
For one thing, you can prevent this problem with everything from your air conditioning system to your heat pump before it ever even becomes an issue in the first place. Proper heat pump installation and other such elements of HVAC installation are critical to the overall functioning of your heating and cooling systems in place – as well as to reducing the amount of money that you ultimately spend on them. Hiring a professional HVAC company that will send out professional HVAC contractors to conduct this heat pump or other such installation is a must, as this will ensure a job well done – and one that is far less likely to lead to heat loss and the loss of cool air in the months when running the air conditioner becomes necessary. After all, air conditioning systems are more prevalent than ever, with well over half of all homes now having one (around two thirds of all homes, to be just a bit more specific).
In addition to the proper installation of your heat pump and beyond, regular maintenance of your HVAC systems is also something of an absolute must. Ideally, all of your HVAC systems will be serviced and provided with maintenance at least twice throughout the year, and sometimes even more regularly than this. Just going through this process alone has been known to reduce the likelihood of any malfunction or breakdowns by as much as a full three quarters – or by 70% at the very least. Therefore, paying for various types of servicing on a regular basis and as they are needed is something that is more than likely to pay off at the end of the day, to say the very least, both for your heat pump and other elements of your HVAC systems.
Such servicing will also help to prolong the overall lifespan of your HVAC systems, which can last as many as 12 years when cared for well. And some elements of your heating and cooling systems are likely to last even longer than this. For instance, a furnace can last for as many as a full 18 years when well cared for, and typically no less than 15 if this care is still being provided. Heating and cooling services can help to even further prolong such lifespans, saving you money in the long run as new HVAC systems and heat pumps and the like will be far more expensive than simply paying for those that already exist to be provided with maintenance.
There are a number of other steps to take that can also ultimately end up saving you money. For one thing, you can install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats tend not to be all that expensive, making them more than ideal for the vast majority of homes that will use some type of heating or cooling system (or even both) over the course of the year. For one thing, a programmable thermostat can even save you money, dropping your total heating and cooling costs by as much as a full 10% – which might seem, at first, like a small number but will certainly add up with the passing of time.
Installing things like insulation even just in your attic space can have a profound impact on your overall ability to keep your heating and cooling costs low. In fact, the installation of such insulation has even been known to drop overall energy costs by as much as 20% – a full one fifth – if not even more than that. Therefore, the addition of insulation is one well worth making at the end of the day.