Energy Efficiency and Your HVAC System

Throughout peak seasons of the year, high energy bills are top-of-mind for most homeowners. Although we need our HVAC systems to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, these systems can also cause energy bills to sky rocket if they are not operating efficiently. Our team at Whitmire Custom Homes would like to provide you with tips to help your home HVAC system operate efficiently.

Proper Installation

As home builders we understand that proper installation is a key element for any product in your home. A homeowner can purchase the best products and still not receive the benefits promised due to an improper installation. Your HVAC system works the same way. And improper installation for your HVAC can also mean a high energy bill, the inability to properly cool or heat the home and can be a risk to your family’s safety. If you are experiencing any of the following issues you will want to call a professional to inspect your system and confirm that everything is installed and operating properly.
  • Strange noises coming from the units.
  • HVAC unit is running non-stop.
  • Your in-home temperature is consistently lower or higher than the thermostat setting.
  • If the system smells hot or seems to be overheating.
  • An extremely high energy bill.
These issues may not always mean that your system needs replacing or repairing, but this will help you to identify any potential issues that may be holding you back from achieving energy efficiency in your home.

HVAC Maintenance

Aside from potential issues with installation and operations, there are regular maintenance items that you can complete yourself to help your HVAC system run smoothly and more efficiently. These maintenance items should be performed twice a year, typically once in the late spring and once in the late fall to prepare for peak seasons:
  • Change your system’s air filters.
  • Schedule a tune-up with a professional HVAC technician. Be sure the system is working at its best before the weather is extremely cold or hot.
  • Program your thermostat. (78 degrees for summer and 68 degrees for winter)
  • Seal heating and cooling ducts so more controlled air stays in your home.

If you continue to have any issues with the efficiency of your HVAC system after troubleshooting issues and performing regular maintenance items, you may want to consider an in-home energy audit to learn more about your home’s energy efficiency. This would help you to learn of potential sealing issues with your home’s windows and doors. It is important that the home has a tight seal and proper insulation wherever there are openings. However, problems can also occur from having a home that is sealed too much.

For an energy audit of your home you can contact your power company to see if this is a service that they may offer. You can also visit for more detailed information about your home’s efficiency.

Whitmire Custom Homes has years of experience in the home building industry, and is knowledgeable in building green homes right here in North Georgia.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about energy efficiency or to start building your custom home today.