How can you tell if you have an energy-efficient HVAC system?

energy-efficient-hvac-systemIf you’re looking to cut down on your heating and cooling costs, one of the best things you can do is make sure you have an energy-efficient HVAC system. Not only are energy-efficient systems good for the environment, they can also help reduce your monthly heating bill. Unsure of whether you have a system that uses energy wisely? Here are some ways to find out.

Determine how old it is
If you have a system that’s at least 10 years old, chances are it’s not as energy-efficient as it could be. Older systems did not have to follow the same regulations as newer ones do, so an older HVAC system could be using up more energy from your home than you realize. Consider the last time you purchased a new one, and if it’s been at least a decade it may be time for a change.

Check your thermostat
If you want your HVAC system to run efficiently, you need to get a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to keep the temperature in your home comfortable when your family is around, and a little lower or higher than you’re used to when you’re away. For example, while you may want to keep your house at a nice 70 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re home, you could set your programmable thermostat to keep the temperature at 66 degrees while everyone is at work or school. This could help you save some serious bucks in the long-run.

Feel the temperature in each room
Does your kitchen always feel nice and warm but your living room is chilly all the time? If the temperature seems to fluctuate from room-to-room in your home, then it’s likely that your HVAC system is not running efficiently and you should consider calling a professional to get it checked out.

See if it’s clean
Dirty air ducts can keep your HVAC system from working properly, potentially causing it to drain more energy from your home in order to operate. You can try to clean your ducts yourself, or you can call an HVAC repair expert who can come in and clean all of the ducts in your home for you.

Still unsure about whether your system is energy-efficient? Call One Hour Heating & Air of Northern Illinois at 815-758-8484 or visit their website to conduct and energy audit in your home today and make recommendations for how you can save even more.

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