Is Your Heating And Cooling System Wasting Energy?

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Many homeowners in Contra Costa and throughout the Bay Area are eco-conscious, and therefore concerned about energy use. If you didn’t already know it, your HVAC system is a primary contributor to how much you pay in energy costs each month. Because of this, it’s a good idea to pay particular attention to your heating and cooling system if sustainability is important to you, as there are various reasons it could be a source of energy waste – and, you can take steps to remedy the situation.

Do you have your HVAC system inspected at least once each year? Regular maintenance is critical to efficient operation. Having your system tuned up ensures that it will run smoothly and provide the most comfort; in addition, a technician can diagnose any problems that may be contributing to less than optimal operation. If you haven’t had a tune-up in more than a year, it’s time.

Are you replacing the air filters? Most San Francisco homeowners know they should change the air filter in their HVAC system every two to three months, but many fail to do so. When the filter becomes clogged with dust, hair, allergens, and other debris, it makes your system work harder – which means wasted energy and decreased comfort for your family.

Cracks or leaks in ductwork. It isn’t unusual for the ducts that deliver warm or cool air to your home to develop a leak or crack over the years. Whether your ductwork has leaks where conditioned air is escaping or needs cleaning, our technicians are experts at sealing and duct cleaning. You could see a dramatic difference in your energy bills and comfort by having any leaks or cracks that exist sealed!

Bad indoor air quality. When humidity levels are higher than they should be, it can result in poor indoor air quality, as moisture leads to the growth of mold and mildew – not to mention, it affects your comfort. HVAC add-ons such as energy recovery ventilators or dehumidifiers can not only improve air quality, but also make your HVAC system more efficient so it doesn’t have to work so hard to compensate for high humidity levels.

If your heating and cooling system is wasting energy, but you can’t pinpoint the problem, give the experts at Ortiz Heating and A/C a call today. When it comes to maintenance, repairs, and installation in the Bay Area, our technicians are skilled, professional, and dedicated to your satisfaction.