Last year, people in the U.S. spent over $25 billion to heat and cool their homes. The energy required to run climate control systems makes up the largest portion of that cost. Throughout the United States, nearly half of the energy expended in the average home is from climate control. For most people, the only time they consider calling their local heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company is when their AC unit or furnace won’t turn on. By then, it is usually too late, and they will have to pay for an expensive repair or replace the system. Here are two times when it is prudent to call your repairman for a diagnostic check or preventative care.
Your Climate Control Is Not Responding As Fast As It Used To
Everyone knows that if a house is hot or cold, it can take a little while for the HVAC system to bring the temperature to a more comfortable level. However, it is important to have an idea of how long it usually takes your system to really kick in. If your AC unit or furnace is taking too long to respond, there is a good chance that it has an issue. Ignoring the problem will force the unit to work harder in an attempt to reach the set temperature. This puts a greater strain on all of the components and only exacerbates the situation. If you call your local climate control technician, they can catch any potential problems early.
Your Utility Bill Is Unusually High
It is an unfortunate fact of life that utilities are not free. Any homeowner or renter has experienced the dread of opening your utility bill during the peak months of winter or summer, depending on where you live. Having to run your furnace or air conditioning non-stop can get expensive quickly, especially if you live in an old house. Fortunately, you learn pretty quickly what your monthly bills are like, and you can probably predict, relatively closely, what it will be from month to month. If you receive a utility bill that is abnormally high, do not dismiss it. Calling your HVAC technician will ensure that a broken system will not continue to hemorrhage your money. In some cases, your technician can even run a diagnostic check of your systems from his office, so a home visit is not necessary. If they have to make a visit, many companies will waive the initial check, especially if further repair is needed.
In conclusion, it is important that you do not ignore your HVAC systems. Keeping up with basic maintenance such as filter replacement and preventative repairs will save you time and money in the long run. Your climate control company can make sure that your systems are running as efficiently as possible, keeping your house at the temperature you want without wasting money.