Reduce Energy Costs: Tips for a More Efficient Heating and Cooling System
Published on Dec 21, 2019 in Cost Savings
On a tight budget or simply want to save money every month? Efficient heating and cooling of your home year-round can help.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates you can save up to 10% per year just by adjusting your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees (from wherever you normally have it set) for 8 hours a day. So making this adjustment is a good start to cutting your utility bill.
Here are a few more ideas to get you started.
Change Your Air Filter
Check your HVAC system’s air filter once a month. When filters are clogged with dust and debris it makes your system have to work harder which raises your energy costs.
Adjust Ceiling Fan Direction
In the summer, adjust your ceiling fans so they turn counterclockwise. This will push the cooler air straight back down into the room.
Adjust them to turn clockwise on the lowest speed in the winter. This direction will push the warm air out towards the walls and back into the room.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to preset your HVAC system according to normal activity in your household. A major advantage is that you can program your HVAC system to shut off when no one is home.
keep your house at a comfortable temperature when you’re home and awake, then cool off after bedtime. You can override the presets anytime, so if someone is unexpectedly home during the day, they can turn the system on.
Opening and Closing Blinds/Curtains
Keep your curtains and blinds closed in the summer. This will limit some of the sun’s ability to warm your house and force your AC to work harder.
In the winter, open your blinds and curtains on the sides of your house that receive sunlight during the day.
Make Your House Airtight
Check windows and doors for gaps. Add weatherstripping to cover any gaps or cracks. For cracks in walls or around window frames, use caulk or spray foam to seal.
Don’t Heat/Cool Unused Rooms
Close doors to unused rooms year-round to save money heating or cooling them. If you have HVAC vents in these rooms, keep them closed.
Perform Bi-Annual Maintenance
Have your HVAC system checked by a professional twice each year. Once before the warm season and again before the cold season. If you live somewhere where the clocks change time in the spring and fall, use that time as a reminder to get your system checked.
Performing HVAC system maintenance regularly will keep it running energy efficient which will keep your utility bills down. It will also alert you to any problems in your system early so you can get them fixed before the seasons hit their hardest.
Seal and Insulate Ducts
According to EnergyStar, 20-30% of the air that moves through your ductwork is lost. The air seeps out through holes, leaks and poor connections. Because ductwork can be located behind walls and other places that are hard to inspect, have a professional HVAC technician inspect your ducts for leaks. To save money, have them perform duct sealing during one of your bi-annual maintenance inspections.
Efficient Heating and Cooling
Start saving money on your utilities today by using these tips for efficient heating and cooling. Contact us today if you have questions or need to schedule a service visit. We’re here to help.