The central heating and air conditioning system in your Fenwick Island, Delaware, home plays a big role in the overall comfort of the space. However, many homeowners are making HVAC mistakes that are costing a lot of extra money. If you’re in this boat, check out these common mistakes and how to break the habits to reduce your bills.

Avoiding Routine Maintenance

For those who are of the mindset that routine HVAC maintenance isn’t necessary nor worth the money, it’s time to make a change. Keeping up with regular maintenance is the best way to prolong the life of your system and find minor problems early before they become major, expensive ones.

Before the start of the spring and fall seasons, bring in an HVAC technician to perform a tuneup on the cooling or heating system. Tasks performed during your maintenance service can also improve efficiency, saving you money on monthly bills. In fact, many customers save enough to cover the cost of the maintenance service.

Closing Doors or Vents

It’s a common myth that you should close the vents in rooms you’re not currently using, to reduce energy waste. However, when your home’s HVAC system was designed, the contractor planned for every inch of the square footage and developed a plan for the most efficient heating and cooling. Closing vents can create blockages that cause pressure to build up or disrupt the return-supply cycle. Shutting the doors can cause similar problems, so it’s best to leave everything open as much as possible.

Adjusting the Thermostat Constantly

Programmable thermostats make it easy to “set and forget,” offering more efficient heating and cooling. If you find yourself making constant adjustments to the temperature, the system has to cycle on and off more often, which uses more energy. Instead of changing it multiple times throughout the day, simply adjust the pre-programmed settings for a more comfortable atmosphere.  

Schedule your maintenance or other HVAC service with us at Custom Mechanical by calling 877-696-0808.

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