Much ado has occurred over the past few years in the heating and cooling field about the energy efficiency and money saving properties of today’s central air conditioning and heating systems. Even with the best units, however, you won’t save money on your utility bills unless you practice good energy efficiency ideas.
Chances are, many home energy efficiency tips are already in play within your household. Even if they are, it’s always good to revisit energy efficiency ideas to see where you can improve and be kinder to the environment as well as to save money.
Believe it or not, a difference of even one degree can make a considerable difference in your utility bills. In the summer, turn up your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, especially on hot days. Keep curtains or drapes closed during the day, especially in windows with southern or western exposure to minimize solar radiation.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. These devices are particularly handy to control your home’s ambient temperature when you are not inside. Set the thermostat for higher temperatures when you are gone, and then program the system to begin cooling your home an hour or two before you return home.
Simple tasks such as cleaning and replacing air filters regularly will also reduce your energy bill as air will have an easier time flowing through the system. Similarly, bigger isn’t necessary better when it comes to HVAC systems. Make sure your system is sized to fit your house as over-sized systems may run too much, thereby wasting energy.
Home energy efficiency tips for heating during cooler weather are similar to those for air conditioning. Instead of turning up your furnace, turn it down by two degrees as you could save as much as four percent on your monthly heating bill. In the coldest weather, wear extra layers of clothes inside the house to maintain warmth.Turn off heat in unused rooms and shut the doors. Also, make sure that your home has prop;er insulation and that windows and doors have sufficient weather stripping to stop cold drafts from entering.
Regular HVAC system check ups are also essential for energy efficiency. Call us to schedule an cleaning and inspection that can target malfunction and energy-wasting parts before they break down and become a problem, and for all of your HVAC needs.