Without Maintenance, Your HVAC Systems Cost You More
Do you hear that tiny drip from your sink? That is the sound of money trickling into your pipes. The slow drip may seem harmless, at first, but when you consider 13.7 percent of water used in your home is the result of leaks, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International, it starts to take a toll on your water bill. Altogether, every leak and drip contributes to the one trillion gallons of water wasted annually, which equates to $6 billion down the drain, pun absolutely intended. Water usage is only the beginning to the nickel and dime on your monthly bills.
Take that old water heater you still have, for example. Yes, it may have been very faithful for so long, but now that it is in its old age, it is capable of downing 30 percent of your energy consumption. And you could do you best to have it maintained, but entropy has taken hold and it is only a matter of time. Perhaps now is the time to consider a more proficient approach, like a tankless water heater. They can keep chugging along for as long as 20 years or more, with proper maintenance, of course, and are especially efficient, as much as 24 to 34 percent, if your home only utilizes 41 gallons or less of hot water on the daily.
The same that was said on heaters can be said on HVAC systems, which is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
As a handful of years pass, HVAC systems become more and more efficient. Air conditioners, for example, provide cool air and in some areas, are a necessity. However, your air conditioner could be using more power than it is supposed to if your home is not sealed right, like if your home utilizes a ductless system or ducts are not sealed properly. If you opt for higher efficient air conditioners, AC units or ductless systems, obviously you will see less energy usage in your home, by 20 percent to a whopping 50 percent! It pays to invest in a better HVAC system.
Another utility to reconsider replacing is your furnace. Furnaces can last a good while, up to the age of a legal adult in the United States, 18 years. But, of course, that is if the furnace was well maintained. If your furnace was bought when your child was born and they are now an adult, it’s time to look for a new one.
Entropy is not kind to HVAC systems and all eventually bite the dust, even energy efficient ductless systems. What is important is that you maintain and fix HVAC systems until it costs more to maintain than it is to outright replace.