Whether you crank up the air conditioning in the dog days of summer or turn up the furnace in the bitter cold of winter, everyone loves the ability to control their home heating and cooling system.
Air conditioning is used in the United States more than all other nations combined. Eighty four percent of all homes in the United States have some sort of air conditioning. When it comes to energy use, heating and cooling account for 48% of the energy use in a typical home.
But turning up the heat on the furnace cranking the air conditioning comes with a cost. The U.S. Department of Energy says that anywhere from 25 to 40% of the energy used in the heating and cooling of a home is wasted. The energy is wasted do in part to contaminants in the HVAC system, causing it to work harder.
The Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is one that combines all three functions or buildings and homes: a furnace, a venting system and air conditioning. Having a proper heating and air conditioning system in a home and can save a good deal of money for the average homeowner in two ways:
- A programmable thermostat can save up to $180 in air conditioning costs each year.
- Each degree you drop your thermostat in the winter will save a minimum of 3% on a heating bill, according to the Department of Energy.
Whether you’re in need of home or industrial HVAC installation, there are several things to keep in mind when it comes to installation:
- Get reliable people: For home and industrial HVAC installation, you want professionals who know what they’re doing. Reliable professionals may cost a little more than you’re looking to spend, but you can’t compromise a few dollars for a good job.
- Use the right equipment: For home and industrial HVAC installation, you also want to be sure that HVAC installers are using the right equipment. Installing small HVAC units when you really need bigger ones can lead to all sorts of problems for your workplace or home. The last thing you want is to come into work and have no air conditioner in the middle of summer.
- Ensure they’re installed properly: Once the contractors have gotten the right equipment, take care to make sure the HVAC unit or units are installed correctly. Proper installation will keep them working properly and help you cut down on energy bills in your home or office.
- Lock them up: For home and industrial HVAC installation, it’s important to lock up your units in A/C cages once they’re installed. This will keep people from stealing them and keep you from having to shell out a lot of money for replacements.
It’s important to have HVAC system inspections twice a year. The average HVAC unit last 12 years and proper inspections are of great value to home owners and can alert homeowners to other home repairs that may be needed.
The average HVAC inspection costs a little over $300 and can run a little higher on the high end to about $475. Verifying the cost of an HVAC inspection is important and online quotes don’t always match up with the actual cost of the inspection.
Cooling and heating companies may vary in their process for checking a home or industrial heating and air conditioning system, but the inspection generally includes some of the following:
- testing of safety controls
- testing gas pressure and piping
- inspection of blower components
- testing for correct air flow
- calibrating the thermostat and checking the furnace
- checking the air filter
- inspecting the condition of equipment
- inspecting electrical connections
- inspecting temperate differentiations
There are many other steps that may be included in an HVAC inspection, but HVAC companies and electricians usually provide a complete report to give homeowners a detailed look at how their HVAC system is functioning. A lack of proper maintenance can cause problems in a home or business, result in higher utility bills and potentially cause health issues.
A proper inspection can ensure improved home efficiency and potentially eliminate other repairs tied to a lack of HVAC maintenance. If you’re in need of HVAC installation, take time to find reputable contractors who will do the job right and install your systems properly or fix your systems if you need HVAC repairs.
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