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3 Ways You May Be Wasting Energy at Home

Have your energy bills been spiking lately? Even if it seems to be working properly, your HVAC system may be at fault. Foregoing maintenance on your system and using your system inefficiently can really start to add up.

Avoid these costly mistakes to save money and lengthen the life of your HVAC system:

Cranking the Heat Up in Winter

Cranking the heat up in winter may sound like a great way to combat the first chill of the season, but in reality, it’s just a good way to waste energy. Decorating for the upcoming holidays is a great excuse to break out some cozy favorites to make your home look and feel warmer — sans using your heater. Some easy ways to keep your home cozy on the cheap:

  • Add fluffy throw blankets to the couch or flannel sheets on your bed for a cozy way to stay warm at night
  • Invest in rugs and insulated curtains to trap warm air inside your home and prevent cold feet in the morning

Not Changing Filters

Get in the habit of changing your air filters every time the seasons change. It’s a simple way to stick to a regular maintenance routine and will save you money in the long run. Most professionals recommend changing your HVAC system’s air filters every 2-3 months.

Why is changing your air filter important? Dirty air filters collect dust, dander, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants. Over time, the filter will fill up with debris, resulting in constructed airflow and putting a strain on your system. As a result, your HVAC system uses more energy, which is reflected in your energy costs.

Forgetting to Schedule Maintenance

Maintenance is important for all your larger home appliances. Schedule annual check-ups on your water heater, boiler, and/or HVAC unit to catch issues before they harm your systems. Catch small problems early to reduce the cost and impact of them snowballing into larger issues down the road.

Have you scheduled your fall maintenance yet? Now is the time! Contact your trusted HVAC specialists at Sierra Air Inc to schedule your maintenance today: (775) 800-5500