Managing HVAC utility costs is certainly a widespread concern among homeowners and business owners alike; with costs on the whole rising as years pass, it becomes increasingly important to maintain manageable utility bills. Fortunately, also as years pass, new technologies, developments and methods are introduced to help with this very thing.
One of the most basic, yet most important thing you can do to help manage your costs is to keep an eye on your monthly utility bills. Although this might sound like common sense, it’s actually something many people just don’t do. Be on the lookout for sudden, sharp increases, especially those that you can’t explain. For example, in the start of summer if you have a swimming pool that you fill, a sharp rise on your water bill would make sense. However, if it’s the middle of winter and no out-of-the-ordinary usage has been carried out, there may be another issue, whether it’s a leaking pipe somewhere or an incorrectly-read meter reading. Your expert Plumber in DC can diagnose and help remedy any issues at this point.
Another source of concern for many is their comfort systems and the costs associated with running them. It’s important that you always make sure your system is in top working order – once per year, you need to make an appointment to have a qualified air conditioning service in Maryland and surrounding areas perform a complete tune-up on your furnace and air conditioner. If your system is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider a replacement with a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient new system. Replacing inefficient, outdated systems with new ones can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Also, there are usually energy incentives or rebates available to tap into for tax purposes.
Along with your HVAC system, you can install several small items in your home to help manage other utility costs. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, changing to compact fluorescent or halogen lamps, using energy-efficient washers, dryers and refrigerators, and maintaining your water heater are important actions you can take to aid you in lowering your utility bills.
Magnolia Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is your ultimate source for all advice on savings. We service all major heating and cooling brands and models, offer assistance in choosing new systems, perform maintenance tune-ups, and more. Contact us today for all your home comfort needs to ensure you are managing your utility costs effectively.