Even in Birmingham, Alabama, where temperatures are somewhat moderate year-round, a problem with your HVAC system could cause high utility bills in summer and winter. You should schedule regular maintenance from a professional company like One Source Heating & Cooling. That way, you can catch any issues before they become serious repairs or utility bills become unreasonably high. Common causes of high utility bills in winter include a dirty air filter, poor insulation, or an older HVAC system.
A Dirty Air Filter
A dirty air filter will lower the airflow through your ductwork. Contaminants like dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can spread from the filter to the rest of your home. They can also increase wear, shorten your HVAC system’s life, and cause bad smells and allergy or asthma symptoms to worsen. Change your heater and air conditioner’s filter least every three months to keep your system working well.
Insulation can become compressed and less effective over time. You could also develop leaks or gaps from pests, water, or other hazards. Upgrading your insulation can help you save energy and keep your family comfortable. You’ll be able to eliminate drafty areas and put away your extra blankets. You’ll also keep pollutants out of your home and block noise from traffic or your neighbors’ lawn equipment.
An Older HVAC System
Most heaters and air conditioners will work well for about 10 to 15 years. If your HVAC system is older, you can save money and energy by replacing it. You can avoid inconvenient, uncomfortable breakdowns and choose the latest, most efficient technology available. Tax credits can make a new system more affordable, and it can provide convenient features like zoning, wireless communication, and indoor air quality monitoring.
One Source Heating & Cooling has more than 20 years of experience. We can help you lower your utility bills and choose your home’s next HVAC system. Call us anytime at 205-209-4246 for outstanding, honest service and a one-year guarantee on repairs.
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