Trying to Lower Home Energy Bills? See If You’re Facing These 3 Common Mistakes

Published on: February 2, 2015
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Don’t you think it’s time that you finally got the heating costs in your home under control? If one of your goals for 2015 is to lower energy bills to a more reasonable amount, here are three common mistakes that, once remedied, will make a positive impact on your utility costs.

Mistake: Obstructing Vents

In order to maintain or improve your home’s energy efficiency, it’s essential that air is allowed to flow freely. When return vents are blocked by obstructions like furniture or drapes, the HVAC system will be forced to work harder. Fix this problem by moving blockages away from the return vents so air can flow. Also, avoid closing vents in unoccupied rooms, as this will cause the same problem.

Mistake: A Thermostat Located in Direct Sunlight

Whether you use a standard digital thermostat or a more advanced model, this device determines when to turn on and shut off your home’s heating and cooling equipment when it detects that a set temperature’s been reached. If the thermostat has been placed in direct sunlight or near a source of heat, such as a lamp, this can throw off its indicator, giving it the impression that the entire room or home is warmer than it actually is. Avoid this by installing the thermostat away from these heat sources.

Mistake: Using the Incorrect Air Filter

Many homeowners make sure they’re replacing the HVAC system’s air filter on a regular basis to maintain good airflow, but what some don’t consider is the quality of the filter. If the air filter is cheap and flimsy, the quality of your air won’t be as good as it could be. On the other hand, an overly efficient filter can cause the system to work harder. Your best bet is to check your HVAC equipment’s instruction manual or call your HVAC professional to learn which type of air filter will work best with the system.

For more expert advice on how to lower energy bills, or if you have any other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at AirConditioningSouthEast.com to help you find a reputable contractor in your area.