High utility bills are just one expensive part of home ownership. Reduce your utility bills by avoiding these 5 common mistakes:
Keeping Windows Open
Berks County residents know the joy of cracking a window on summer nights. It’s important to be aware of the costs that can arise from enjoying a night of fresh air. If your windows are open all night, your air conditioner has to work harder to regulate your home’s temperature.
Sufficient home insulation is one of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient. By insulating your home, you prevent clean air from escaping through uninsulated areas. As a result, you will need to use less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Closing Vents in Unoccupied Rooms
The decision to close vents in unused rooms may seem logical on the surface, but it costs you in the long run. A closed vent forces your HVAC system to work harder when excess air pressure is created within your ductwork.
Cranking Thermostat Up or Down
Coming inside a cool, comfortable home feels refreshing when the weather is scorching. Occasionally, when it is hotter inside than outside, it can be tempting to turn the air conditioner down to its lowest setting.
There are a number of problems with this approach, which unfortunately do not work as intended. As a matter of fact, it can actually exacerbate the problem. Too low a temperature may cause the unit to overheat and fail due to the additional work required to achieve the desired temperature. Keeping your home warm and cool requires patience!
Poor Thermostat Location
Place the thermostat in a central location for the most accurate readings. A thermostat installed near an exterior wall may have skewed readings because the wall may be warmer or cooler depending on the outside temperature. Similarly, if the thermostat is placed near a heat source, such as a fireplace, it is likely to get inaccurate readings due to the warmer temperature in that area.
Save More by Knowing More
We’re here to keep you informed, involved, and empowered to ensure you make the best decision for yourself! Call A&T Heating and Air Conditioning in Mohnton, Berks County, PA, at (484) 516-1017 or use our online form so we can perform the necessary HVAC inspections and services to ensure your systems are functioning properly and safely.