No matter how frugal you are, you can always make small changes to lower your household costs even more. Are you guilty of common mistakes that drive up energy bills in your Spring Hill, Florida, home? From forgetting to schedule HVAC maintenance to relying on an inefficient HVAC system, discover three bad habits that could be increasing utility costs.

Forgetting to Schedule HVAC Maintenance

When you want to keep household costs as low as possible, you might be tempted to eliminate things like maintenance visits. Skipping regular tuneups, however, can cost your family in the long run.

At Senica Air Conditioning, we recommend scheduling two maintenance visits per year, allowing our HVAC technicians to optimize your heating and cooling systems. Skipping a tuneup can lead to inefficient operation all season long, driving up your utility bills for months. Neglecting maintenance could also prevent you from knowing about a minor HVAC issue before it becomes an expensive problem.

Relying on an Inefficient HVAC System

Keeping your old heating or cooling system for as long as possible might seem like a cost-effective choice. However, older systems tend to be much less efficient than newer air conditioners and furnaces, which can drive up your energy costs. Rather than repairing a cooling system that’s over 15 years old, we typically recommend investing in a new air conditioner that will lower your monthly bills. Look for a system with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 15 or higher for optimal efficiency.

Neglecting to Program Your Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are ideal for helping you keep energy usage low, but you’ll have to program the device first. Set the thermostat to dial back the temperature by 8 to 10 degrees while your family is asleep or out for the day. You could easily save up to 10 percent on annual heating and cooling costs.

Need to schedule that overdue HVAC maintenance appointment? At Senica Air Conditioning, we’re always at your service, whether you need maintenance, emergency service, or a new system installation. Call our team of HVAC experts at 866-881-5935 today.

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