Having a comfortable home can save you money
By Todd A. Wagstaff, Comfort Services of the Midlands
You may want to consider making a change or upgrading your equipment if:
- Some of your rooms are too hot or cold
- Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust
- Your cooling system is noisy
- Your equipment needs frequent repairs and/or your energy bills are going up
- Your equipment is 10 years old or older
If you've checked yes to 3 or more of the above, please contact Comfort Services.
According to recent EPA studies, the average home spends about $1,500 annually on energy bills. In many instances, the heating and cooling system of the home accounts for as much as half of a home's energy use. Properly installed and maintained heating and cooling systems along with other simple home improvements can easily reduce your energy costs by 20% or more.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent future issues and unplanned costs is to properly maintain your heating and cooling system. The EPA reports that dirt and neglect are the top causes of system failures in homes. The best way to keep your system operating at peak performance is to change the air filter monthly and to have a licensed contractor perform annual pre-season check-ups.
The EPA is backing a program called Home Performance with Energy Star that provides recommendations to cost-effectively improve your home's energy efficiency. These recommendations can benefit you by making your home more comfortable, saving energy and reducing levels of allergen like dust and pollen.