Inefficient HVAC function can lead to many issues in your home, from not keeping set temperatures indoors to higher-than-normal utility bills. As an eco- and budget-conscious consumer, you may be concerned about improving energy efficiency while reducing your own energy costs.

Winter Efficiency Tips

Your HVAC system needs regular care and maintenance to keep doing the essential work of regulating your home’s inside temperature. Failing to do so could result in costly repair bills and untimely HVAC breakdowns. Take these winter efficiency tips to heart as you plan for a warm and cozy season.

Perform Seasonal Maintenance

Scheduling a regular HVAC system Spec Check from GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating is a great idea to keep your system optimized and working for you. Seasonal system checks can detect potential problems, protect your investment and even improve unit efficiency as we check different components of your system. GVEC’s seasonal HVAC Spec Checks include:

  • Washing the inside and outside of the unit
  • Blowing out drain lines
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Checking voltage
  • Evaluating thermostat function
  • Checking coils, blower assembly, and filter
  • Testing electrical equipment
  • Calibrating system controls
  • Inspecting ductwork and distribution system

This inspection alone can significantly improve the way your unit works, optimizing function and helping it to run more efficiently.

Installing Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats do so much more than control your heating and cooling capabilities. They are designed to improve the function of your whole system by learning patterns of use and automatically adjusting the temperature of your home according to your preferences and habits. A smart thermostat can help to lower your energy consumption when you are not home, on vacation and even while you are sleeping. During times when your house is bustling with activity, your system will respond by adjusting temperatures based on past history and temperature preferences. A smart thermostat can save you up to 30% on annual energy costs. GVEC sells various models of Nest®, Ecobee and Amazon Home smart thermostats and performs installation services.

An additional cost-effective benefit of installing certain models for GVEC members is the ability to participate in the Cooperative’s Peak-Time Payback program. This demand response program allows members to earn bill credits for decreasing energy consumption during peak demand periods of energy consumption.

Replace Air Filters

Air filters may sometimes be a neglected component of an HVAC system. Such a simple task as changing your filter regularly can improve your HVAC system function and contribute to improved indoor air quality. Dirty filters become clogged with dust, dirt and debris that take their toll on your system and on your home in general. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the replacement and installation of your air filter, and adhere to a regular changing schedule to optimize your system function. At GVEC, we recommend checking your filter each month and changing it at least every three months, sooner if needed.

Protect Your Outdoor Unit

Performing simple maintenance tasks around your outdoor unit is important. Cleaning debris from around your unit and checking it regularly to evaluate electrical connections and other components can help ensure that it remains in good condition and that you notice any small issues to address before they become big issues.

Consider System Replacement

The comfort and safety of your home are significantly impacted by the efficiency of your HVAC system. If your system is starting to show signs of wear and tear or it is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. Here are some other indicators that HVAC system replacement is imminent:

  • Needs frequent repairs
  • Has a major breakdown
  • Is excessively noisy
  • Runs more than usual
  • Leaks water or coolant near the base of the unit
  • Has cracks or visible wear and tear in the structure
  • Blows fuses in your home

Replacing your older unit with a new, more energy-efficient model will improve your home’s comfort while helping to reduce your energy costs.

Let’s Amp Up Your Winter Efficiency!

GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating has been serving valued clients in Gonzales and other communities across South Central Texas since 1968, and we take pride in the exceptional quality of service we provide. We repair, install, and maintain air conditioners and furnaces for residential and commercial customers. We also provide energy audits and electrical, solar, and internet services. Contact us today for more information on how we can help improve your energy efficiency this winter.

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