(361) 235-3905 Request Service

Learn about All of the Hidden Costs of HVAC in Your Home

August 20, 2020 | Blog

Running your HVAC, especially during the Coastal Bend’s long, hot summers, will likely comprise the lion’s share of your energy costs. You probably expect to pay significantly for electricity, so you may not be aware of all the hidden energy costs that are adding up in your home. Here are some things to look out for.

Leaking ductwork.

Over time, your ductwork may start leaking. It’s likely out of sight, so you may not notice when segments come apart or develop holes and cracks. Not only are these holes allowing conditioned air out of your home, but they’re also letting humid, unconditioned air inside with your supply air, making it harder for your HVAC to do its job.

Dirty air filter.

Not changing the air filter regularly can contribute to the hidden costs of running the HVAC. Dirty filters slow down airflow, so the system struggles to cool or heat. Dirty filters also make it harder for the system to dehumidify the air. Furthermore, a dirty filter allows more dirt in the HVAC workings, resulting in hidden costs to address breakdowns and repairs as the HVAC runs hotter.

Erratic thermometer changes.

Sudden thermometer changes — that is, moving the setpoint way down on a hot day in the vain hope it will cool the home faster (it won’t) — will waste energy and won’t accomplish your goal. The setpoints should be set or programmed — perhaps calling for more energy when occupants are up and about and less when they are away or sleeping — and left alone.

Air leaks.

Your home may have small cracks around windows, doors, baseboards, and other locations that are leaking out conditioned air and letting in unconditioned air, resulting in more hidden electricity costs. Fix leaks with caulk, insulation, or weatherstripping.

Energy vampires.

Even when certain appliances are turned “off,” they still use energy. Some of the worst energy vampires are cable boxes, satellite boxes, DVD/VCRs, coffeemakers, and microwaves. Plug them all into a power strip and turn the strip off.

For more on the hidden costs of HVAC, contact CCAC of Corpus Christi.

Constantly Concerned About You!

noun_team_2578407
Professional Team
Our ac technicians are highly trained, professional and committed to getting the job done right the first time.
noun_assurance_426752
Reliable Service
You can count on our expert ac technicians to provide high-quality air conditioning services with quality products and transparent pricing.
noun_Handshake_2064250
Customer Service
You deserve excellent customer service. That's why we strive to be courteous and professional through the entire service process.

What Our Customers Say

Pleasure to Work With

CCAC conducted the semi-annual inspection of the A/C, heating system for the fall check-up, Technician was on time, courteous and went quickly about the inspection and observed all COVID-19 protocols for his and our safety a pleasure to work with this company

Steven L.

Great Company

Great company. Contacted my current AC company to check on my warranty before charging me anything. Saved me a bunch of money and headache if dealing with anything. Would definitely recommend them and use them again.

Ryan W.

Very Satisfied

I’ve had a system purchased and installed by them for several years with the maintenance contract the whole time. I’ve been very satisfied with the service. You can’t go wrong selecting them for your business.

Joseph S.