3 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make That Can Explain Those High Energy Bills

Most homeowners are concerned about high energy bills, but they aren’t sure what else to do to reduce energy costs. Though there are a number of factors that affect your Sarasota home’s energy efficiency, there are a few key mistakes that can cause your energy bills to increase significantly.

Vent Obstruction

It’s a popular myth that homeowners can close off a room and save money on heating simply by shutting an air vent. In truth, obstructing airflow from vents can make the furnace work even harder to heat the house, putting undue stress on the system that not only wastes energy, but may even shorten the life of the furnace. Similarly, make sure you haven’t accidentally placed furniture, boxes or other items over the air vents in any room.

Inaccurate Thermostats

Many homeowners take it for granted that the thermostat is producing accurate readings of the home’s temperature, but many factors can cause the thermostat to measure incorrectly, wasting energy and money, and keeping the house from reaching a comfortable temperature. Be sure the thermostat isn’t in direct sunlight or near other items that produce heat. Lamps, air vents and large electronics can all cause inaccurate temperature readings.

Air Filter Quality and Replacement

Air filters are an important and often forgotten component of an HVAC system. Homeowners should consider opting for higher quality filters that capture particles that could clog and corrode the system, improving the air quality indoors and extending the life of the furnace.

Even the best air filters, however, can cause problems if allowed to become clogged with dust and dirt. Clogged filters can overwork heating and cooling systems, which wasting money and putting a strain on the equipment.

Homeowners should plan to check the air filter monthly and replace it as soon as dirt has begun to accumulate.

For more expert advice on lowering energy bills in your Florida home, contact Climatic Conditioning Co., Inc. We have over 40 years’ experience serving homeowners in the Sarasota area.

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