Key Steps for Conserving Energy in Your Home

Nov 19, 2021

Your air conditioning system is responsible for delivering cool air throughout your home. Thankfully, a typical HVAC system will last around 15 years before it needs to be replaced. However, it’s made up of several components that can break down along the way and shorten its lifespan. Unfortunately, catching these issues isn’t always as easy as your unit shutting off.

Sometimes symptoms pop up around or inside your home that can signal the need for repairs. So, how do you know if your AC is doing its job correctly? Our experts at Hobson AC have the answers. Keep reading to find out ways to be sure your AC is maximizing its efficiency.

To schedule an AC inspection with our experts, call us today at (817) 341-5142. 

3 Common Signs Your AC Isn’t Working Correctly

If you notice these common signs your AC isn’t working correctly, you should call a professional HVAC technician to inspect and repair or replace your system:

  • Warm air
  • Irregular cooling cycles
  • Foul odors

Warm Air

Warm air can mean several things in the AC world. While it may be an easy repair like restoring your fan or fixing thermostat functions, it can also signal the need for serious repairs like managing refrigerant leaks and electrical wiring in your HVAC system. Serious issues should be handled by professionals because electricity and chemicals are dangerous and can be deadly.

Irregular Cooling Cycles

The size of your unit can impact its cooling cycles. While an AC unit being too small for a room or home is a problem, one that is too big also causes issues. A unit that is too large for your home will shut off before a full cooling cycle is up because it reaches the intended temperature too quickly. This allows the room to heat back up before the next cooling cycle starts.

Irregular cooling cycles can also be due to a safety feature on your unit. A modern HVAC system may cut a cooling cycle if it detects voltage that is too high, in order to protect you and your family from electrical fires. Window air conditioners are often sold in 110-volt models, while central air systems need double the power to operate. 

Foul Odors

Depending on which strange smells your AC unit is emitting, it can mean different issues. Musty odors that have a hint of woodiness often signal mold or mildew growing in your unit, while a dirty sock smell likely indicates the need for a filter change. However, some odors can be dangerous, like a gas smell.

If you smell gas in your home or coming from your air conditioning system, you should open as many windows as you can and quickly call your local fire department to inspect your home for a potential gas leak. Gas leaks can poison humans and animals and cause fires in your home.

Trust Hobson AC With Your AC Repairs and Replacements

At Hobson AC, we understand the strange symptoms your HVAC system may be experiencing. Our qualified team can handle any of your AC repair or replacement needs. Serving the Weatherford area since 1962, we are leading experts in the HVAC industry.

Call our team of professionals to schedule your appointment today at (817) 341-5142. 

Most of us would probably agree that it’s important to do what we can to protect our environment. After all, it’s the only one we have, and it not only has to be there for us, it has to be there for generations to come. The nice thing is, we can accomplish that goal while also saving money, and saving money is probably on everyone’s list of good things as well. Here are a few things you can do to make your home more energy efficient, save money, and help the environment at the same time.

Attic and Window Sealing

One of the first things you need to do is have your home inspected so potential problem areas can be identified. Hobson AC has trained professionals ready to do just that, so give us a call. We’ll make sure your heating or cooling isn’t escaping through your attic or windows. If it is, you’re basically wasting loads of energy, and that amounts to throwing your hard-earned money away. It is quite literally going out your window.

Your heating/cooling bill is probably higher than it should be if you don’t have the recommended insulation thickness in your attic. The insulation material itself can be the wrong type, deteriorated, or in need of replacement. Not only will fixing this problem save you money, it ensures your family is breathing cleaner air instead of the dust and other debris residing in your attic. Windows that aren’t tightly sealed can not only let your heating or cooling escape, they allow dust and allergens to find their way into your home when the wind is blowing.

Duct Work

Properly sealed ducts in your home will not only decrease the leakage of air used to either heat or cool your home, but they will also ensure that harmful toxins are released outside. Appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces release combustion gases, like carbon monoxide, through their ventilation systems. Ductwork leakage can cause back drafting, resulting in these gases to be drawn back into the living space. These gases, as well as dust particles that enter your duct system, can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms as well.

Heating and AC Units

Keeping your heating and air conditioning unit properly maintained means it will be doing the best possible job for you whether it’s winter or summer. In addition, you can investigate the addition of solar panels to help reduce your energy usage. Trees can also shade your home from the direct rays of the sun in summer, and placing your air conditioning unit in a shaded area will help reduce strain on the unit when it is running. Changing out your lighting to fluorescent or LED lights can help reduce your energy usage as well.

As we mentioned earlier, an energy audit is the first step. Identify potential problems and fix them. An energy efficient home makes your utility bills go down, and you’re helping the environment as well. Who could ask for a better outcome? Call Hobson AC for your energy audit now!

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