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The Cost of Overusing Your HVAC Unit

The Cost of Overusing Your HVAC Unit

What many homeowners don’t know is that your HVAC unit runs in cycles. Heating and air conditioning systems move air throughout a home, filtering and cooling (or heating) it in the process. To reach a desired temperature, air must cycle a certain amount of times through a room to bring the air inside it down to that target mark.

But, many homeowners overuse their HVAC systems, cycling air too many times to maintain temperature for entire days, regardless of whether they’re home to enjoy the cool air or not. Overusing your HVAC system can cost you cash down the road in a few different ways.

One of these is in energy bills. It’s fairly self-explanatory; if you’re running your HVAC system from sunup to sundown, your utility bills will reflect that activity. If you’re looking to save a little cash, the first step to doing so would be to only run heat and air conditioning when you and your family are home and require it. If you invest in a programmable thermostat, a technician can easily program the thermostat to begin cycling air before you come home from work and stop when you leave in the morning, so the process becomes automatic and adjusted to your lifestyle. Our experts techs at Right Away Heating & Air Conditioning can show you how to program your home HVAC system to meet your needs, turn off while you’re away, and avoid extra cycles that cost you money.

Another way overusing your HVAC system can cost you is in damages and repairs. Overuse naturally leads to premature wear, breakdowns, and damages within your home’s system. Whether it’s an air filter, leaky duct or generally decreased airflow, paying to fix or replace aspects of your system too soon adds up throughout the life of your system.

Failing to keep your system clean and well-maintained can also cost you in the same ways as mentioned above. For example, if homeowners do not gently clean debris from outdoor air condenser units, it may lead to decreased airflow in your home and extra cycles to occur.

Ask an expert today about steps you can take to properly maintain and use your home HVAC system over its lifetime. At Right Away Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to helping your home system last and keeping your family safe and comfortable year-round.

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