If you seem to be paying a lot of money every month for heating and air conditioning, it may indicate a problem. AC and heating equipment certainly requires a lot of energy to run, but that doesn’t mean you should dread your monthly bills. Sometimes, homeowners simply run their HVAC equipment for shorter periods of time in order to save some money and help out the environment. But this doesn’t solve the problem, and it keeps you less comfortable.
If you’d like to find out why you’re spending so much money on your home heating and air conditioning system, an energy audit may be just the service you need. Technicians will come to your home and perform a series of tests in order to determine where your home is losing the most energy, as well as looking for other problems such as safety hazards and poor indoor air quality. Here’s why you may be spending so much.
Faulty HVAC Equipment
Perhaps the most obvious problem that could force you to spend more is faulty air conditioning or heating equipment. As parts become worn down, it will take a lot longer for your home to reach the desired temperature, which means that the unit consumes more energy. Sometimes, all you need is a little tune-up to get your system back in top shape. Other times, an energy audit turns up a larger problem—like that the entire system needs replacement.
Air leaks are common in duct systems, and they contribute to a large portion of heating or cooling losses. Experts estimate that air leaks in the ducts account for a 30% energy loss for HVAC systems in typical U.S. homes. Furthermore, there may be air leaks around the home near windows and doors that prolong the time period it takes to heat or cool, all of which are detected with an energy audit.
Insulation materials inhibit heat from transferring easily from one area to another. In the winter, it’s harder for heat to escape from the home, and in the summer it’s difficult for heat to get in. But this is only possible if you have the right amount and type of insulation. With an energy audit, you can find areas of the home that may lack the proper insulation levels or don’t have any at all.
We service Marysville and the surrounding areas and can help you determine which steps to take to improve home comfort and efficiency.
Schedule duct testing, HVAC maintenance, air leak testing and all of the other steps of an energy audit with the experienced technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.