We're always looking for ways to avoid overspending on basic home operations, and the HVAC system is a great example here. Unfortunately, there are a few common mistakes that some homeowners tend to make that actually increase the chances of paying too much for heating and air needs - but knowing these will help you avoid them.
At Thompson's Comfort Connection, we offer a robust range of HVAC solutions to clients around Sandy and Draper, from heating and AC repairs and installations to air filtration systems and more. Just as importantly for many of our clients, we're here to offer basic expertise on your system, what to do and what not to do as you're maintaining it. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see clients make that often cost them money from their HVAC system, but which can be easily enough avoided with the right basic knowledge.
While some mistakenly believe that it'll save them energy to shut the vents in rooms that aren't being used, this actually has the opposite effect. When you close off a vent, your system works harder and circulates air more frequently than it normally would - leading to higher bills and greater wear-and-tear on the system itself.
This is because the air pressure needs to be equalized in your home, and when vents are closed off that isn't possible. Instead of closing them off, it's far better to invest in a smart thermostat or other energy-efficient measures like extra insulation - these will save you money over time far better than shutting off your vents ever could.
Some believe that if you crank your thermostat either way up or way down, you'll get your desired temperature faster. This isn't true - in reality, the system will simply have to work harder and run longer than it otherwise would have had to.
It's always a better choice to set the temperature normally, rather than trying to force it with your thermostat. Set your desired temperature - and then know that your system will require some time to get there. Trying to force it is a surefire way to end up paying more on your bills!
To be clear, there are very limited times of the year in a place like Utah where sleeping with the windows open may be okay - during the brief spring and fall periods where the temperature outside is mild and comfortable.
For any other time of year, however, it's important to keep your windows closed - especially if you're running your HVAC system. Otherwise, you're essentially trying to heat or cool the outdoors rather than just your home - which means bills will skyrocket! Instead of your heat or cooling air going into your home, it's simply leaking out and not serving its intended purpose.
If you're installing a new thermostat in your home, placement is one of the single most important factors in an efficient system. If you place your thermostat near a window, behind a door, or in some other location that gets direct sunlight and/or draughts, the readings won't be accurate and you'll end up paying more for heating and cooling as your system tries to hit targets it can't actually reach.
In addition, be sure the thermostat is away from any sort of heat source - i.e., near a space heater or fireplace - as this will also throw off its readings and make your system overwork itself in an attempt to hit targets it can't actually reach.
Another common mistake we see with new system components is improper insulation. This is especially true with outside pipes, as not properly insulating them can lead to a great deal of lost energy - and therefore extra costs on your end.
In any case, it's important to make sure all parts are properly insulated prior to installation - otherwise you may find yourself paying too much for energy that's just leaking out into the atmosphere.
Finally, it's important to take the time to seal any air leaks you find in your home - the same way that you would with a window or door. It may not seem like much, but these tiny gaps can lead to great energy waste over time - and therefore more money being spent than necessary.
Taking the time to inspect your home for potential air leaks, and then sealing them properly, can save you a great deal of money over time. So be sure to check all potential sources - like around windows and doors or any old ventilation systems - before calling in the HVAC professionals.
At Thompson's Comfort Connection, we understand there's a lot of upkeep involved with owning an HVAC system. But by avoiding these common mistakes, you can keep your energy bills low - and your comfort levels high! If you have any questions or need help with any HVAC solution around Sandy or Draper, contact our dedicated staff at your convenience.