If there is one thing that can seriously dampen your energy efficiency efforts, it is the issue of having air leaks in your home. Here are some of the telltale signs that should make you suspect an air leak:
Unusually High Energy Bills
An increase in energy bills, sans an obvious increase in consumption, is one of the most common silent signs of air leaks. The increase in energy consumption occurs because the air leaks air to escape your house while also allowing outside air to contaminate your house.
The quality of the air inside your home depends on a lot of factors. Perhaps most important, is the HVAC system. If you have an HVAC system that is not regularly cleaned and maintained, it can be detrimental to the quality of air circulating in your home. This article explains a few ways that homeowners can improve the quality of the air in their home.
A Guide to Duct Cleaning
The thermostat is an integral part of the air conditioning system since it's the part that gives the unit feedback on your ambient temperature so that the unit can make the necessary adjustments. However, the thermostat will only serve you well if you install, set and maintain it properly. Here are some tips on how to do this:
Don't Place Thermostat Near Heat Sources
The first thing you should know is that the thermostat should read the overall temperature of the room, and not just the temperature in its immediate surroundings.
Cleaning the inside of your furnace cabinet is going to be beneficial in many ways. To put it as simply as possible, a cleaner furnace cabinet is going to have more efficient components that are more productive and use less electricity. Importantly, a unit that is constantly kept clean is going to have a much improved lifespan. If your furnace needs to be prematurely replaced just because of poor maintenance, you will regret it when you realize how expensive furnace replacement is.
"It's not working."
Those are the dreaded words no homeowner wants to hear, especially with winter and cold weather swiftly approaching. Some HVAC issues are simply more common in the late fall and winter months than throughout the summer. Think you are dealing with one of those common problems? These are a few problems you might be facing.
Frozen Water Pipes
When the pipes freeze due to the cold weather outside, your coils may also freeze and ultimately stop working.