Keeping HVACs in Good Condition During Winter
January 31, 2014
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While winter in Houston might not be as frigid as that in other states, locals still ought to keep their HVAC systems in good condition. Doing so, after all, enables them to save on their energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), appliances and electronics account for close to 20 percent of energy bills in the home.
For starters, locals who still have functional HVAC systems can check them for dirt. Dirt is the bane of all HVAC systems because they clog system filters and restrict airflow. While those two conditions do not seem much, they cause reduced air output that force the HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy. Thus, cleaning those systems of dirt is an immediate must-do.
Locals who need new HVAC appliances such as heaters and air conditioners, however, can choose those that bear the Energy Star certification of the DOE. Energy Star-certified products incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 to 15 percent less energy and water than non-certified models. Over the lifetime of the appliances, they can save nearly $900 in bills.
Whether they own new or current HVAC appliances, locals ought to schedule seasonal maintenance with qualified technicians whenever possible. Qualified technicians can perform preventive maintenance to ensure that HVAC systems function optimally as well as suggest ways to improve energy efficiency.