4 Signs That Your HVAC System Isn’t Running at 100%

hvac systemIs your heating and air conditioning system running at 100%? If you’re not sure, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got four signs you can watch for that will tell you if your HVAC system isn’t running up to par.

Sign #1: The Humidity is Out of Whack

If your house feels too humid, it could be a sign that your HVAC system isn’t running right. Particularly in the summer, your HVAC should remove some of the humidity, keeping your home more comfortable.

Sign #2: Inconsistent Temperatures

Do you feel like you have hot and cool spots or that your heat or AC just aren’t keeping up anymore? A heating and cooling system should provide consistent comfort year-round, and if yours isn’t, it’s a sign that something is amiss.

Sign #3: Your Energy Bill is Going Up

If your energy bills seem to keep going up each month, it could be your HVAC system. It’s one of the biggest energy users in your home, but drastic changes in your utility bills are not a good sign.

Sign #4: Strange Sounds

Most heating and cooling equipment make some noise when it runs. However, if you hear knocks, banging, squealing, or other unusual sounds coming from the system, it’s a sign to call for service.

If you’re seeing signs that your heating and air conditioning isn’t running at 100%, don’t panic. Regular maintenance is often the key to keeping it running right. For service and repair you can count on, contact the team at Hill Plumbing and Air.

What is the Best Type of Water Heater for My Home?

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Not so many years ago, choosing a water heater for your home came down to capacity and price. Everyone had a tank system because that’s what was available. Now you have the option to go with the standard tank system or a tankless one. How do you choose? Here are some things to consider.

What to Know About a Tank System


Most homes have tank water heaters. They consist of a large tank that holds water. A heating element heats the water and keeps it at a consistent temperature, so it’s ready when you turn on the hot water tap. This type of heater is affordable, generally between $500 and $800, and they’re easy to replace when they get old and worn out or if they break down. Though newer models are more energy-efficient than older ones, one of the drawbacks of a tank heater is that they lack efficiency. As a result, they always keep water hot, even if not needed, using excess energy.


What to Know About a Tankless System

Unlike a traditional tank, a tankless water heater provides hot water on-demand. Instead of heating the water in the storage tank continuously, tankless systems heat it as you need it. When you turn on the tap, the system heats the water as it runs through the pipes in your home, resulting in energy efficiency that is about twice that of a traditional water heater. The downside is the initial cost, which is also about twice that of a tank heater. The good news is they last longer and will save you money on your energy bills that can more than make up for the cost.

Still on the fence? Ask the pros at Hill Plumbing and Air for guidance on the best type of water heater for your home.

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