Another volatile winter in Oklahoma has most homeowners using their HVAC system round the clock. But is it running efficiently – or have you noticed some changes in its daily operation? Does it take longer to heat up your home? Is it running more frequently?
Heating and cooling are the biggest drains on your electricity bill, which is why it makes sense to thoroughly examine any problems you may be having. First, a list of questions any professional technician would ask:
• Is your system more than 10 years old?
Units that are a decade or older should probably be replaced with a high-efficiency design that has earned an Energy Star label. These newer designs can save up to 20% on your electric bill.
• Does your equipment need frequent repairs?
If your HVAC has been repaired more than once in a calendar year (not including regular maintenance), it might make sense to look into replacing it.
• Are your energy bills are going up?
Your unit may have become less efficient.
• Are some rooms in your home too hot or too cold?
Duct problems or inadequate insulation might be the cause.
• Does your home have humidity problems?
The cause might be poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, or leaky ductwork.
• Does your home have excessive dust?
A leaky duct can pull dust and debris from attics and basements. Sealing ducts could be a solution.
• Is your heating or cooling system noisy?
You might have an undersized duct system, which would put a major strain on your HVAC.
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you might be in the market for a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system). But before you commit to an expensive new unit, it would be a good idea to have an energy assessment completed by a professional energy auditor.
Home Energy Audit
Depending on the nature of the problem, this could either be a simple walk-through assessment, or a more comprehensive audit. Your auditor may suggest a blower-door test that essentially pressurizes the house to detect any energy leaks. If an assessment reveals that there are any leaks in your home, insulation might be the key to your problems.
Sealing any leaks and properly insulating problem areas will help your HVAC system run more efficiently. (Many states offer incentives including subsidies, rebates, and discounts for completing an energy assessment or other energy-saving work.) You might discover that you don’t need to replace your unit, but if you do, you will have the guidance of a professional to help choose the ideal design for your needs.
If you do decide to replace your HVAC system, make sure you give us a call for all your installation and maintenance needs. Call us anytime for 24/7 service this winter with NO OVERTIME CHARGES: (405) 794-8900.