One thing Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has discovered over the years is that many Waterford, MI homeowners wait for something to go wrong with their heating & cooling systems before scheduling a repair or upgrade. Here’s something to keep in mind, proactive HVAC maintenance and upgrades can save money and prevent headaches in the long run. Here are three key upgrades to help save money by cutting home heating and cooling costs.
Upgrade your thermostat
When used correctly a programmable thermostat is a simple way to save money. It allows you to set schedules for heating and cooling. Many Waterford, MI houses are empty for several hours each day. There’s no reason you can’t adjust the temperature, so your HVAC system runs less. Nowadays most programmable thermostats also come with Wi-Fi capability so you can easily control your home comfort system from virtually anywhere
Don’t forget about the ductwork
When heating and cooling bills go up, many homeowners blame their equipment. As important as HVAC maintenance is, it’s important to remember that leaky, poorly insulated ductwork can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by up to 20%. Kotz can seal and insulate your ducts to keep conditioned air where it belongs, keeping your house comfortable and saving money.
Replacement is often the best option
If you are facing an expensive repair AND your HVAC equipment is 10+ years old, replacing it with a new system can make a lot of sense. New furnaces and air conditioners are much more efficient, and you will save money on your monthly utility bills. Replacement also brings peace of mind knowing there is virtually no chance of a breakdown on the hottest/coldest day of the year.
A special FYI about older cooling systems
Starting on January 1st of this year (2020) it became illegal to manufacture or import R-22 refrigerant. If your A/C or heat pump is more than 10 years old, there is a good chance it uses this environmentally dangerous product. What this means for you is that repairs, especially refrigerant leaks, are going to get more and more expensive. Kotz urges you to think long and hard before spending any more money to repair an R-22 air conditioner.
Whatever your choice, Kotz is here to help
Whether you decide to replace or repair your current heating & cooling systems, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can always do the job for you. Our technicians are trained to handle HVAC maintenance on all brands and models. We will work with you to save money and keep your Waterford, MI home comfortable year-round. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the products and services available.