The average expected lifespan of a furnace is 20 years. Most homeowners know that proper maintenance is necessary to maximize this lifespan, but not many think about how the installation process affects your HVAC system’s overall energy usage and efficiency. Not only can improper installation raise your energy bills, but it could cause the system to work harder than it has to and reduce its overall lifespan. Here are just a few energy-hindering HVAC installation mistakes that a professional can help you avoid.
Getting an Oversized System
Many homeowners make the mistake of getting a system that’s too big and simply unnecessary for the size of their home. This is often a result of improper measurement or otherwise sloppy work by HVAC contractors. The biggest issue this will cause is significantly increased energy usage and costs. Taking the time to find a reputable HVAC installation professional and ensuring proper measurement can help to prevent this costly mistake.
Not Considering a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat could save you up to 10% on your heating bills. They allow you to set your specific temperature preferences at all times. This means you can turn down the air conditioner or furnace as you leave the house and return to a comfortable home while saving energy at the same time. A programmable thermostat may not be right for all homes, but they’re certainly worth looking into for all homeowners.
Not Considering Airflow
Finally, it’s important to consider the many ways your home’s airflow can contribute to the efficiency of your system. This typically requires some expertise, but improper airflow can cause your system to work much harder than it should have to. In fact, airflow problems can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency by up to 15%. You may be experiencing improper airflow if it feels like your system is constantly running and yet your home isn’t nearly as comfortable as it should be.
Ultimately, there are plenty of mistakes that can contribute to excessive energy usage. Investing in the best HVAC installation professionals in the area can help you minimize or even reduce the chance of making these mistakes.
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