How Do I Save Money on My Utility Bills?

Hill Plumbing & Air Technician explaining services to customerMost homeowners want to save money on the things they spend money on regularly, including utility bills. But can you save money without sacrificing comfort? We’re here to tell you that you can with a little help from energy efficiency. Take a look.

What Does Energy Have to Do with It?

Energy efficiency is one way to keep your budget in check. Using less energy on the utilities and appliances you use most can significantly impact on your monthly spending. Everything from your dishwasher to your television use energy to operate. Reducing your energy use reduces your utility bills.

What About HVAC?

One thing people don’t want to sacrifice in their search for budget cuts is the comfort of their homes. Because it gets so hot and humid in the summer in the south, going without air conditioning is almost unthinkable. But you can cut down on the amount of energy you use to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The best way to reduce HVAC energy use is with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

What to Look For

When it comes to your HVAC equipment, the older it is, the less energy efficient it is. Upgrading your system will pay for itself over time in the savings you’ll see every month on your bills. You can reduce your utility bills without giving up your nice, comfortable home.

Do you want to know more about energy-efficient heating and air conditioning and how to save money on utility bills? The team at Hill Plumbing and Air has everything you need to know about increasing your HVAC efficiency. Contact them today to find out more.

Why Do I Have Hot and Cold Spots in My House?

Hill team members working on outdoor HVAC unitAre the hot and cold spots in your house driving you bananas? A zoning system might be in your future! Here’s what you need to know.

What Causes Hot and Cold Spots?

When you have heating and air conditioning set on one thermostat, you can end up with inconsistent temperatures. The hot and cold spots are the result of the thermostat being in one place in your house and the HVAC system running on that temperature reading alone.

A Zoning System Could Be the Answer

A zoned HVAC system allows you to control the temperature of each room or zone in your home. Using dampers in the ducts, this type of heating and cooling regulates the air sent to the different zones so you can have customized comfort based on who uses the space and when and what their personal temperature preferences are. For example, if you have a spare bedroom that isn’t in use, you can reduce the amount of hot or cool air that goes to that room and focus it on the rooms you use more frequently. Then, when the room is in use, you can adjust the temperature so it’s comfortable.

An additional benefit of a zoned system is greater energy efficiency. When you only heat or cool the spaces you use, you use less energy and save money every month on your utility bills.

Are you intrigued by what a zoning system can offer your home? If you’re tired of dealing with the hot and cold spots created by your current HVAC system, don’t wait. Contact the pros at Hill Plumbing and Air today for a free estimate. Our expert team will inspect your unit and give you a detailed summary of the problem and solutions to get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

How to Cool a Sunroom without Breaking the Bank

How to Cool a Sunroom without Breaking the Bank

Whether you are adding on a sunroom or already have one, knowing how to cool it efficiently without breaking the bank can challenging. You want to be able to enjoy your sunroom all year long—even during the hottest months of the year. After all, there’s nothing like relaxing in the sunroom with a cool glass of lemonade in July! One smart, affordable solution to keep your sunroom cool and comfortable is the extremely compact mini split ductless system.

How Mini Split Ductless Systems Cool a Sunroom

With a split ductless air conditioner, there are two primary components: an outdoor condenser or compressor and an indoor air-handling unit. Refrigerant flows between the outdoor unit and indoor unit through copper tubing. You can mount the indoor air handler unit on the wall, floor, or ceiling, giving you plenty of options if your sunroom is all windows.

The mini-split ductless system works separately from your primary HVAC system and can control up to nine different zones in your home. It’s an affordable and convenient option if you need to keep other spaces cooler or warmer, depending on the season.

Benefits of Using a Mini Split Ductless System

Investing in a ductless system for your sunroom provides many benefits, including:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Enhanced comfort
  • Individual temperature control for specific spaces
  • No need for costly duct additions
  • Low maintenance—no annual check-up necessary, and basic cleaning and filter changes will keep it running optimally
  • Improved air quality due to the system’s built-in air filtration system

Are you ready to learn more about installing a mini-split ductless system to cool your sunroom without breaking the bank? Your trusted local heating and air team is here to help.Contact Hill Plumbing & Air in Sumter, SC or Florence, SC to find a budget-friendly cooling solution for your sunroom.

Why is it Always Hot Inside My House?

Why is it Always Hot Inside My House?

Are you constantly asking why it’s always hot inside your house? If your house always feels too warm in the summer, no matter where you set the thermostat, it could be the size of your HVAC unit. Bigger isn’t always better. Take a look at why the wrong-sized system could be the reason for your hot house this season.

When the Unit is Too Big

It’s easy to think that bigger is better when it comes to cooling your house, but that’s not usually the case. If you get a too-big AC unit thinking it will make for a super-cool house, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. If there’s too much tonnage, it will cycle on and off frequently to meet temperature demands. Because of the size and the short cycles, it cools quickly but can’t reduce the humidity, leaving your home feeling too warm and a bit sticky. You’ll also find the temperatures are inconsistent because longer cycles lead to more dependable cooling.

When the Unit is Too Small

Homeowners that choose units that are too small for their home’s square footage have similar issues for opposite reasons. A system that doesn’t have the size and power to cool off your home in regular cycles will run longer and still not meet demand. It will use more energy in the process of trying to keep up, raising your utility bills, and it still won’t be able to keep your house cool.

If your house feels too hot this summer, it could be your HVAC system is the wrong size. For help finding the solutions, contact the team at Hill Plumbing and Air. The expert staff at Hill Plumbing and Air is qualified and experienced to help you find the right unit for the right price. Trust Hill Plumbing & Air who have nearly a century of serving the residents of South Carolina.

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