Are you looking for something to keep you busy on this Election Day 2016? After a near two full years of the political battles that have manipulated the news channels across the country, many voters are casting their ballots today, returning to their homes and their jobs and try to avoid the news pundits and predictions.
Homeowners across the country who are finally experiencing the cooler weather of the fall months may decide to occupy themselves with preparing the heating systems in their home in an effort to avoid a future call to a 24 hour emergency HVAC phone line when the temperatures drop below freezing.
From large boilers to the smallest of water heaters, the best time to think about maintenance is before these necessary appliances are used. Most manufacturers recommend that boilers, water heaters, and all other HVAC systems should be serviced twice a year, once a few weeks early in the fall to check the heating system, once in the spring to check the air conditioning system.
Energy statistics provided by HVAC experts say that up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Heating units and boilers left unserviced, a furnace or other heating component can stop working suddenly, leaving a family in the cold on the lowest temperature days of the year.
And while some homeowners are looking to keep an older heating and cooling unit running, other homeowners are looking to upgrade to the newest and most efficient systems. Even before an upgrade to a new boiler or a new HVAC system, energy research indicates that thermostat control can help homeowners save energy. In fact, thermostats are always key in helping control heating costs. For instance, did you know that for every two degrees a thermostat is lowered, a homeowner can save approximately 5% on heating costs. The most efficient suggestions indicate that when you sleep, thermostats should be turned down or turned completely off. This suggestion, of course, should only be used if your health permits it.
Home Energy Maintenance Can Help You Live More Comfortably and Save Money as Well
Homeowners have many costly tasks to keep their home running and comfortable. Few things, however, are more expensive and cause a greater interruption than a HVAC system that is not functioning properly. And while sometimes the problems are with the HVAC system itself, at other times heating and cooling systems are unable to work efficiently because of other problems in the home.
National statistics indicate that the average American home spends nearly 2.7% of their income on energy bills. Equalling about $2,000 a year, this percentage can be even more significant if a home has other energy wasting deficiencies. Consider some of the following statistics:
- 25% of a home?s heat is lost through small cracks and holes.
- 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off, and are not in use.
- 30% of heating and cooling inefficiencies are caused by Improper equipment installation.
- 10% of a home’s heating and cooling bill can be eliminated if a programmable thermostat is installed. These thermostats keep home warmer during the hours of the day when owners are home, and cooler when you are away from home.
- $80 to $100 invested with a technician who will inspect a furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair can help homeowners eliminate the need for emergency repairs once the temperatures drop. This kind of inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.
It may be difficult to ignore the chaos and stress of waiting for the results from the 2016 Presidential election, but attending to the details of your home’s HVAC system may be a worthwhile distraction.
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