3 Ways You May Be Losing Energy

Published on: June 21, 2016
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The hot blanket of an Alabama summer is upon you. You come home from a long day at work and crank up the air conditioning. After waiting for a while, you don’t feel any cooler — and this is the fifth day in a row that has happened. The culprit: an inefficient HVAC system.

There could a multitude of reasons why your HVAC system just isn’t as productive as it once was. You can begin to fix the problem by first recognizing a few ways that you could be losing energy and money to inefficiency.

Lack of Maintenance

The importance of preventive maintenance cannot be stressed enough. If any kind of maintenance is put off, it opens the door for more severe issues to strike your system. HVAC systems should have a tune-up at least once a year, filters must be replaced regularly (usually on a monthly basis), and even the smallest issue should be addressed with immediate maintenance.

Energy Loss in Ducts

Duct networks do a great job at getting air from your unit to the rest of your house, but they are not without flaws. Any issues within the duct system result in less air making it to your living space, forcing your system to work harder in an attempt to make up the difference. Energy loss in ducts could result from anything from leaks to an inefficiently designed network not suited to the size of your home.

Overuse of the System

Just as you shouldn’t push your vehicle too hard, HVAC systems can only take so much. If a system is not large enough to meet the needs of your house or if you’re running it at full blast even while you’re away at work or on vacation, extra wear and tear will inevitably take its toll, reducing efficiency.

An HVAC system that wastes energy also ends up costing you comfort, money, and even your health. If you would like professional assistance with increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system, AC Southeast® can help. Our certified HVAC technicians would love to help you maintain, repair, or replace your unit for better air conditioning.