Hidden Drains on Your Heating and Cooling Costs

by | Dec 14, 2011 | Electronics Components

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It’s December in Cabell County, and the colder it gets, the higher your utility bill climbs. If you’re like most people, you’d love to keep that energy bill as low as possible and still stay warm. In the winter, energy consumption is largely centered around heat. To address energy costs, most people will turn their heat down a few degrees and bundle up a little more. But hiring a heating and air conditioning contractor to conduct routine maintenance and generally look over your system can save more money than you might expect.Heating and Cooling Costs

If you are a homeowner, then you’re probably well aware that one of the most common factors affecting your energy bill is your heating and air conditioning system. This is undisputable; however, what is not as commonly known is why. We assume that increased usage of our furnace or air conditioning unit accounts for our increased costs, but it’s not as simple as that. Increased output is certainly a factor, but we never think that perhaps our appliances aren’t working properly to begin with and are therefore using much more energy than they have to.

One of the most common problems that contributes to increased energy consumption is actually improper installation and improper maintenance of our heating and cooling appliances. Older appliances can work well for many years, but they demand routine maintenance in order to keep running the way they should. In newer homes, many air conditioning and heating units do not function as efficiently as they should because they were not properly installed to begin with.

Improper installation of your heating and air conditioning appliances will often result in leaky air ducts and low air flow. In some cases, settings do not properly reflect manufacturer recommendations, cutting down on efficiency. Generally improper function of your heating and air conditioning system is the result of one of more of the following factors:

1. Leaks. Your air conditioner or heat pump may be low on refrigerant. If this is the case, it was installed improperly or is leaking. A trained air conditioning contractor can identify the problem and fix it effectively.
2. Failure of Electric Controls. This is a common problem with new model appliances. Controls can wear out quickly, especially when the air conditioner or furnace is turning on and shutting off frequently. A professional heating and air conditioning contractor will check terminals and wires for corrosion or electrical problems.
3. Poor Maintenance. If you do not routinely replace filters in furnaces and air conditioning units, or if they become dirty or dusty, the systems will not work properly. In some cases, this will cause the appliances to fail permanently.

A visit from a heating and air conditioning contractor could make your Cabell County winter a lot more cozy and a lot less expensive.

Air Conditioning Contractors Cabell County – Dodrill Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and air conditioning contractors in Cabell County at competitive rates. Dodrill Heating and Cooling will service all of your heating and air conditioning needs with our Fixed Right or it’s FREE™ promise or our labor will be free of charge. For more information, visit us online at website or contact us for a service call at 304.776.8094 or 1.866.Dodrill or by email at service.

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