You’ve received another bill from your utility provider in Stanford, KY. You open it already half-cringing, and it’s as you feared: your utility bill is higher than you hoped. Unfortunately, your bad habits may be to blame. Target these habits that increase strain on your system and you’ll slice your utility costs.
Neglecting Professional Maintenance
Over time, the strain of maintaining comfort in your home wears down your HVAC system. That wear can lead to broken or faulty components and general inefficiency, both of which will increase your utility costs and reduce your system’s lifespan. Neglecting to give your system the care it needs via professional HVAC maintenance will only allow these problems to escalate and cause your utility costs to rise further. Schedule maintenance at least twice a year and our technicians will catch most HVAC repair issues before they burden your bills.
Forgetting to Program Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. If you use your thermostat inefficiently, then your entire HVAC system will run inefficiently. This can draw more power and increase your utility costs. One way you may be using your thermostat inefficiently is by forgetting to program it to reflect your lifestyle. While you’re home this fall, for example, you should keep your temperature setting around 68 degrees, but you can program the thermostat to keep your home a few degrees cooler while no one’s home. That difference will reduce HVAC strain and reduce your energy costs.
Ignoring Air Leaks
Your HVAC system will constantly struggle to maintain comfort if that conditioned air is constantly escaping your living space. Air leaks can appear around doors and windows or in unfinished areas of your home such as an attic. As outdoor air enters through these leaks and indoor air exits, your system will draw more energy to try and compensate for that temperature transfer. If you identify an air leak in your home, don’t put off sealing it.
Put a stop to these habits and you’ll build a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. To cut your utility costs with professional maintenance, call Feistritzer Heating & Air Conditioning at (859) 236-0850.