Want to save money this coming year? When it comes to saving on HVAC costs, we’ve got you covered. These helpful tips and tricks will help you spend less in 2017.
Check for air leaks.
Make sure your home’s weather stripping is in good shape. If it’s worn out or not blocking outside air from coming into your home, then you should replace it. Be sure to also check around electrical outlet boxes on exterior walls, and if there are any air leaks there, use caulking to fill the gaps.
Only heat or cool occupied rooms.
When heating or cooling your home, close off any vents in rooms that are unused so that you are not heating or cooling spaces that are unoccupied, such as guest rooms or storage rooms. It also helps to keep the doors to these rooms closed off from the rest of the house, so that your heating or cooling system can focus on the areas where people spend the most time.
Use natural light as heat.
South facing windows have the ability to warm your home at no extra cost to you. During the daytime, when the sun shines the brightest, open the drapes or blinds on your windows and allow the sun to shine in and warm the room. By doing this, your heating system won’t have to work as hard to sustain a comfortable temperature.
Change your filter!
Check your HVAC system’s air filter for excess dirt, dust and debris at least once per month and change the filter whenever it gets dirty. This will help ensure that your HVAC system can run efficiently, and you will have cleaner air quality as well. If you have pets, consider purchasing a special air filter that will help trap dander and other pet debris effectively.
Turn down (or up) your thermostat.
During the colder months, reduce the costs of your heating bills by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature during the nighttime while you are sleeping. The best temperature for sleeping is said to be between 60 and 67ºF, so if you normally run your thermostat at 72ºF during the night, dial it down several notches. In the summer, turn the thermostat up a few degrees and sleep with lightweight blankets. During those 8 or so hours of rest, you’ll barely notice the change in temperature, but you could save 3% for each degree your thermostat doesn’t have to maintain. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save on your energy bills by simply making this switch.
Make time for maintenance.
Finally, have Air Conditioning and Heating maintenance performed on your HVAC system regularly, at least twice per year. A trained HVAC technician can help ensure that your HVAC system is in proper working order. And, if your system isn’t working at its best, a professional HVAC technician can help take care of any small repairs before they become large problems for your system. If your HVAC system is in need of a service call, or you’re considering upgrading your current system, contact us today at: 707-416-0845.