Heating and cooling account for around half your home’s energy use, according to Energy Star. Even in a mild climate like Greenville, South Carolina’s, falling into a bad routine can cost a fortune. Here are three HVAC habits that are well worth breaking.

Neglecting Your Equipment

As part of regular maintenance, HVAC technicians check system controls, tighten electrical connections, lubricate moving parts and troubleshoot minor issues. Left unchecked, small things become big, expensive problems. HVAC maintenance is an investment that pays off for years to come.

Constantly Adjusting the Thermostat

It takes a lot of energy to start an HVAC system. The less you fiddle with the thermostat, the more money you’ll save. Have a little patience.

Let’s say your ideal setting is 68 degrees. Cranking up the system to 72 to heat the house faster is one of the most wasteful things you can do. The house will heat at the same rate, and you’ll be uncomfortably hot in no time.

Any good HVAC technician will tell you that programmable thermostats are the way to go. Set them and forget them. In Greenville’s mild climate, they save a lot of money.

Blocking Vents and Return Air Ducts

Homebuilders strategically locate vents and ducts for optimal circulation. If furniture, rugs, draperies, houseplants and your 80-pound dog block airflow, the air pressure buildup can damage the system. At the very least, heating and cooling will be uneven.

Kicking bad HVAC habits save money. Preferred Choice Heating and Air can help. Call today for HVAC services and more money-saving tips.

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