Tips for Saving Money on Energy Bills With HVAC

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Saving money is challenging in a tough economy. One way to save money on your energy bill is to make sure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are running at peak efficiency. The longer they run, the higher your energy bill. Here are a few tips to make sure that your Hampton Roads HVAC systems are in good condition with minimum wear.


Circulation
Take a few minutes to tour your home. Look for blocked or closed vents. Unblock them and keep them open to allow for maximum circulation within each room and from room to room. While it may seem like fewer vents open would use less energy, your HVAC systems will actually work harder to heat or cool the space without even vents and airflow.


Condensate Drain Line
One of the most common reasons an air conditioning service tech is called is when the condensate drain line is clogged. This happens because the normal current from the condensate is not enough to flush tiny particles from along the bottom of the long horizontal drain line. Once in a while, some sludge will break free and restrict the line where it settles. When enough sludge particles collect in one spot, a clog is created. The water will back up in the air conditioning drain pan. After the pan is full, water will overflow into the house. This is when the homeowner notices a problem. The first thing to do is turn off the air conditioning unit so that water does not continue to accumulate. An air conditioner’s drain lines should have maintenance performed on them at least once a year, and twice is better. Our HVAC technicians will know how to do this.


Windows and Doors
Check the weather stripping around all windows and doors. Block any gaps and drafts to prevent warm heat and cold air from escaping. If rooms are seldom used and air blows beneath the doors, use a draft guard for added protection.


For information about HVAC systems or to make a service appointment, contact American Mechanical today.