Keeping your HVAC energy efficient in your Clearwater, Florida, home is not only crucial to your home’s comfort, but also to keep your utility bills under control. If you notice higher energy bills or that your HVAC system seems to be constantly running, odds are there is an issue with your HVAC system that is reducing its efficiency.
Clogged or Dirty Air Filter
One problem that can hurt the efficiency of your HVAC system is a dirty air filter. The pollen, dust, dirt, debris, and pet dander that travels through the air in your home will become trapped in your air filter. Over time this debris will build up, and if your filter is not regularly cleaned or changed, it can result in restricted airflow causing your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. Luckily, this problem comes with an easy fix — simply change the filter.
If you have ductwork that is damaged or leaky, air that has been heated or conditioned can escape through the cracks and leaks. The more air that you lose out of your ductwork, the harder the HVAC system will have to work to compensate for it. This can lead to high energy bills and lower HVAC efficiency. Speak to an HVAC technician to make a plan to seal or replace your leaky ducts and optimize efficiency.
Wrong Size Unit
Another issue that reduces overall HVAC efficiency is if the system installed in your home was sized incorrectly. This could be due to the wrong size system being installed when the house was built or could be the result of an addition added to the home, so it now requires a larger unit. If the system in your home is too large, it will cycle too frequently wasting energy. A system that is too small will run constantly without ever truly being able to achieve the desired temperature.
If your HVAC unit is not working as efficiently as possible, it might be time to consider a new installation. Contact Advanced Cooling Systems at (727) 213-5888 today and we’ll be happy to provide recommendations and an estimate.
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