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Keeping your Plano, Texas, home energy-efficient is important not only to do your part for the environment but also for keeping your monthly utility bills reasonable. Unfortunately, you have probably been making a number of energy mistakes for years without even knowing. Below are some of the most common energy mistakes that many homeowners have been making for years.

Not Addressing Air Leaks

Air leaks can occur for many reasons. They can be due to improper insulation, failing to address gaps and drafts, or a buildup of dirt and debris in your HVAC system or ductwork. When airflow is inhibited, your HVAC system will have to work harder to get the room to the appropriate temperature. The harder your system has to work, the more energy it will expend. Regular maintenance lets you address airflow issues early.

Not Using Your Thermostat Properly

Most homeowners use a “set it and forget it” attitude when it comes to their thermostat. This means that they are often setting the temperature lower or higher than is needed to make the home comfortable and are not taking advantage of the programming features of the thermostat. Most thermostats will allow you to set programs that reduce the amount of energy that is being used when you are away, which can save you a significant amount of money off your utility bills each month.

Not Replacing or Cleaning Air Filters

One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC running effectively is to change filters regularly. Filters are critical to maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system and increasing your indoor air quality by filtering contaminants out of the air. Regularly replacing filters will also extend the life of the unit.

Using your thermostat to the best of its ability, cleaning air filters, preserving airflow, and properly maintaining your HVAC system are all critical to improving the efficiency in your home. Help improve the efficiency of your system by contacting Samm’s Heating and Air at 469-606-9260 today to schedule your HVAC maintenance.

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