Add These Money-Saving Tips to Your Spring Maintenance Checklist
At Alco Air, we’re always excited to find ways to save our Longview, TX neighbors money down the line, especially ones this easy. We have compiled our top recommendations across a few different important systems in your home, including your HVAC, plumbing and insulation. So, in between your home decluttering, organization or whatever you have planned this Spring, try adding these simple tasks to your Spring maintenance checklist!
Check Your Ducts For Leaks
There are several reasons why your ducts might leak, and it is a common problem that leads to a lot of wasted money. One of the key signs of leaky ducts is inefficient heating and cooling, even though the unit itself is performing well. A few signs to look out for include:
- Stuffy or drafty rooms.
- Inconsistent temperature from room to room.
- Visibly twisted or broken ducts.
- Whistling sounds coming from your vents.
Should you notice any of these signs, we can help you with an inspection and perform duct repair.
Give Attention to Your HVAC Unit
Have any yard work on your list? Be sure to add this one: Trim or remove vegetation and debris around your HVAC unit for at least three feet of clearance. Obstructed ventilation can negatively impact your system and even cause a costly premature repair visit.
Be sure to schedule an HVAC maintenance visit with a professional if you really want to take your savings to the max.
Gain Better Control of the Energy Your AC Spends
There are many ways to customize how your AC performs as the hot weather really rolls in, and you can control several of those methods from one small device—a smart thermostat. Save money by scheduling your AC to run less at night or when you’re away from your home, and even vary the temperatures in certain rooms of your home.
Assess Your Home’s Airtightness
Even small cracks can let your valuable cool air escape, and they add up. Inspect your home for gaps or cracks where air might escape around windows and doors and caulk or weather-strip the area. Weather strips are appropriate where a moving part comes in contact.
Get These Plumbing Tasks Checked Off
Be sure to check for water leaks and schedule have your water heater flushed once yearly if you really want the savings to add up. Look out for the classic signs of water leaks, which unattended can add up to major destruction and repair costs:
- Musty Odors
- Skyrocketing Water Bills
- Stained Ceiling, Floors or Walls
If you’re located in the East Texas area and have questions or HVAC or plumbing service needs, call Alco Air at (903) 753-9624. We wish you a happy spring season and beyond!