Seven Ways to Save on Energy Costs This Winter

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. 

No matter what is going on in the world when winter arrives, one thing is certain. It’s going to be cold in North Texas. Staying safe and warm inside your home takes on more and more importance as the mercury drops on the thermometer, and we all tend to push the numbers up a bit on the thermostat to accommodate the chill in the air. It’s an important time to start watching your utility bill as well, because if it rises as well, you may want to take measures to get it back under control.

Luckily, there are some inexpensive things you can do to lower costs. Here are seven you can keep in mind.

1 – Turn it off.

When you’re not using an appliance, turn it off. Be aware that some electronic devices may continue to drain electricity even when they’re not turned on. Unplug them if possible. When you’re not using a room, turn off the lights.

2 – Close the door.

If you’re not using a room, close the door. This will help the rest of the house stay warm longer.

3 – Embrace solar power.

You don’t have to install solar panels to take advantage of the sun’s heat. If you have windows facing the sun, open the curtains or blinds, and let the sun shine in. Likewise, close then again when the sun is not shining in as this will help your home retain its warmth.

4 – Clear the vents.

Check the vents in your home. If they are blocked by furniture, curtains, or other objects, they’re not able to circulate air properly. Intake vents should also be cleaned regularly because they can become dirty when they pulled air into your heating system.

5 – Shower responsibly.

Sure, it can feel wonderful to stand in the shower for lengthy periods of time, but that time spent is also driving up your utility bills. Showers make up two-thirds of a home’s water heating costs. Shortening your shower can lower your bill when it comes around. For best results, keep your shower time as close to five minutes as possible. Encourage your family to do the same.

6 – Dress warmly.

Wear warm and comfortable clothes when you’re in the house. You don’t have to act as if there’s an arctic blizzard going on outside (unless there is, of course). Long sleeves can do wonders for retaining your body heat. That will help you keep the thermostat set a little lower.

7 – Reverse the rotation of your ceiling fans.

If you use ceiling fans in the summer to circulate the air and keep cool, odds are you’ll use them in the winter as well. In the summer, they blow air down to help your body stay cool. When winter arrives, there is a switch on the fan that reverses the flow so it’s pulling air upward. Make sure it’s turned off first so your hand isn’t hit by the moving fan blades.

ANNUAL SCRATCH, DENT & OVERSTOCK SALE

If your Heating & Cooling System is 10 years old or more, this is the Opportunity of the Year to save up to $2,500 on a new Air Conditioning & Heating System