Your HVAC system is a major investment and it’s important that you’re getting the most out of it. One of the most common reasons our technicians are called is because customers think they need to replace their HVAC system due to poor performance, lack of comfort, and high energy bills. While it could be that your unit is nearing the end of its lifespan and you’re due for a replacement, it’s important to hold off spending a ton of money on a new system until you’re sure it is absolutely necessary. All of the above symptoms can be contributed to poor HVAC efficiency. Our expert technicians have compiled a list of lesser-known factors that could lead to your heating and/or cooling system performing less efficiently.
Improper Sizing &/or Installation
When you select an HVAC unit, it’s important that it is the proper size to meet the heating and/or cooling needs of your property. If the unit is too small, it will have to work harder to keep up with the demand. If it is too large, it will be able to quickly heat or cool your property, but it won’t do so as evenly as a properly sized unit would. It will also cycle more frequently, which is a huge waste of energy. When you get a new HVAC unit, it’s important to ensure that you have a professional technician assist you so you can select a properly sized one that will help you save on your energy bills.
Additionally, an improperly installed HVAC unit can also contribute to your energy efficiency issues. Regardless of whether you spent a ton of money on a system that boasts its high efficiency, it won’t be able to reach its full potential if it isn’t properly installed. This could be due to improper airflow, which creates leaky ducts and blockages that cause your system to work harder to reach a desired temperature. Never attempt to install a unit yourself, and instead rely on our licensed and trained professionals to get the job done for you.
Your Unit’s Age
As your unit ages, its energy-efficiency declines. The typical lifespan of an HVAC unit ranges between 15 and 20 years. If your unit is around 10 years old, it might be time to consider whether the maintenance and repairs needed to make it more efficient are worth it. It could be more budget conscious to invest in a new unit that can provide you with better energy efficiency.
If you have central air and heat, you rely on ductwork to make your unit run efficiently. However, everyday pollen, pet dander, dust, and other debris are pulled into your ducts from your HVAC system. These pollutants can build up within your ducts and cause blockages, which make your unit have to work harder in order to match your desired temperature. We recommend having routine ductwork inspections and cleaning to help ensure your unit can work as efficiently as possible.
Dirty Air Filters
Much like your ducts, your air filter becomes covered with pollen, dust, pet dander, or any other contaminants that are circulated throughout your indoor air. We recommend that you check and replace your air filter on a monthly basis to help keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency.
Get an Energy Audit
At Anton’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we want our customers to get the most out of their HVAC systems. This is why we offer energy audits in St. Louis. Whether you’re concerned about your home or business’ system, our technicians have the tools and training necessary to perform a thorough inspection of your unit, ducts, and home to determine why your energy bills have skyrocketed. We can provide you with solutions to these issues and help you reduce your monthly bills and improve your HVAC efficiency.