While homeownership has its numerous perks, one of the downsides is the constant attention and maintenance that a home needs. Unfortunately, if certain issues in a home go undetected for long enough, the solutions can get pricey. For this reason, we want to share with you three of the major ways that a home will let you know it needs some TLC.
If you notice any of these three “red flags,” it’s time to contact an expert.
Repeat after us: do not ignore mold growth. Mold is not only disgusting to smell and look at, but its spores are a potential health hazard, ranging from mild to severe. If your home has mold growth, there is most likely a hidden leak somewhere, either from the roof or a plumbing pipe or fixture. It’s also possible that your home’s relative indoor humidity is excessively high, in which case you should involve an indoor air quality professional.
High Energy Bills
If your energy bills seem astronomical, the most likely culprit is your home heating and cooling (HVAC) system, which typically accounts for the largest portion of energy use in most homes. Providing your HVAC system with annual tune-ups is the best way to keep it running at peak efficiency. If you can’t remember the last time your system had a tune-up, some maintenance should help lower your bills.
High energy bills can also result from an extremely old HVAC system that needs to be replaced. Air conditioners will last 10 to 15 years, and furnaces will last around 15 to 20 years (if properly cared for). However, as the components age, they’ll have a harder time performing efficiently, which will result in higher energy bills.
If your HVAC system is new and well-maintained, your home might have air leaks or inadequate insulation. Both have an impact on your home’s ability to keep heat in and out. Addressing these problem areas can have a significant impact on your energy bills.
High Water Bills
Keep in mind, most household’s water bills tend to go up during summer because the home’s landscaping requires more water. However, if your water bill seems higher than it should be, this is a good indication that there’s a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Because leaks can be concealed behind walls or even in your home’s foundation, you might need a plumber’s specialized training and leak detection equipment to pinpoint the source of the problem.
At Jackson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we’re your one-stop-shop for HVAC, plumbing, insulation, and indoor air quality needs. For assistance from our Decatur technicians, give us a call at (256) 304-8883.