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Keeping your Brunswick, Georgia, home energy-efficient is crucial for reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your monthly utility bills. Unfortunately, there are common HVAC mistakes homeowners can make that reduce efficiency. Below are four bad HVAC habits you want to avoid.

Failing to Change Your Air Filter

One of the quickest ways to damage your home’s efficiency is by failing to change your air filter on a regular basis. The filter is designed to clean the air before sending it throughout your home. By doing its job, it can easily be clogged with dirt, dust and other pollutants. You should make it a habit to change your filter at least once a month to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and improve your indoor air quality.

Blocking Vents and Returns

Having proper airflow throughout your home is essential to keeping your system running efficiently. When the airflow is blocked, your system will have to work harder to get the house to the right temperature, causing it to expend more energy. Make sure all your vents and returns are open without anything blocking them, such as plants or furniture.

Constantly Adjusting the Thermostat

When you’re cranking the temperature down or up constantly, your system will be running harder and endure unneeded stress. The more it starts up and shuts off, the quicker parts will become worn, causing it to lose its efficiency over time.

Not Having Regular Maintenance

Routine maintenance is done not only to improve the longevity of your system, but also to maintain its efficiency. During routine maintenance, your HVAC technician will thoroughly clean all the components, check for parts that might need repair, and verify that you are getting proper airflow so your system can run as efficiently as possible.

Avoid the bad HVAC habits listed above that can damage your efficiency and lead to higher than normal energy bills. Need to schedule your HVAC maintenance? Contact Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning at 912-250-5771 today.

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