Nobody likes to waste money, and your HVAC system can be one of the biggest sources of waste in your home. There are many different factors that can increase your costs, and some of these can be very subtle in their effect on your usage. A few dollars here and there can add up over time, though, and a comprehensive approach to optimizing your system can help in bringing costs back under control. Air duct cleaning is one of many steps to consider in lowering your energy expenses in Fairfax VA.
Air Duct Cleaning and Sealing
Your ducts can contribute to inefficiency in your HVAC system for a couple of reasons. In fact, your ducts can account for approximately 20 percent of your energy usage when you run your heating and cooling systems. Poor insulation, leaks, disconnected segments, and excessive dirt or other blockages can cause problems with airflow, leading to greater energy use and higher bills. Air duct cleaning provides a beginning in optimizing your duct function while providing the opportunity for other issues to be assessed.
Optimizing Your Entire System
If you are concerned with saving money on your energy bills, we recommend seasonal maintenance for obtaining the best results. Duct inspection is completed during this visit to determine if there are issues that need to be addressed through cleaning and sealing. These additional services aren’t always warranted, so it’s helpful to have an analysis of conditions before scheduling duct service. Many additional steps taking during optimization can drastically improve your system performance. Some of these steps include:
- Checking and recharging of refrigerant levels – an undercharge of 10 percent can elevate your HVAC energy use by 20 percent
- Diagnosing refrigerant leaks – a recharge won’t provide continued optimized performance if a leak isn’t fixed
- Coil inspection and cleaning – dirty coils restrict airflow, stress compressors, and can increase HVAC energy use by up to 20 percent
- Inspection and adjustments to fittings and moving parts – optimum service can be impeded by broken or worn parts
- Thermostat inspection – an old or malfunctioning thermostat can lead to poor function from your unit
When we get your system optimized, we head off many potential repair issues. We also extend the lives of most systems we service, keeping the need to replace equipment at bay for a longer period of time.
Consider New HVAC Equipment
Recent heating and cooling system designs are more efficient than older models, and you can experience improved energy usage of 25 to 40 percent with new equipment. Such an investment can be recovered quickly because of the improved performance. There are also incentives like the 25C federal tax credit to keep in mind if you are contemplating an upgrade. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning has access to a wide variety of high-efficiency system options, and we can provide you with personal assistance in finding the best equipment for your home and budget. Call to schedule your consultation or system services.