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Get Ready for 2017: Tips for Saving on HVAC Costs in the New Year

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.

Reasons To Replace Your Attic Insulation

For a house to be properly heated and cooled, it has to be properly insulated. While insulation in custom built and contemporary houses is usually of high quality, it could be an issue in older homes. If old, worn insulation fails to be replaced, it could lead to a significant rise in energy bills. Faulty attic insulation could also lead to a cold house during winter or sauna in the summer, among other issues. There are some signs that could be indicative of degraded insulation.

 

Home Insulation Replacement

 

Increased Energy Bills

A home’s HVAC unit normally accounts for a significant amount of the energy consumed. A spike would thus point towards a system that’s constantly being used to maintain a constant temperature in the house. Having the insulation replaced would go towards regulating the temperature, hence realizing energy savings.

 

Erratic Indoor Temperatures

Insufficient insulation could result in temperatures that are constantly changing. Some rooms within the house could feel too hot or cold in comparison with others. This is a symptom of poor insulation.

 

Ageing Symptoms

In older houses, the best way to test the quality of insulation is to feel the attic insulation using a glove. If any crumbles are present, then it’s time to have it replaced. Contrary to popular belief, there are many options available for such houses.

 

Presence of Pests

Pests like to live in insulation, especially in the basement and attic. If one has an infestation in their house, then they need to have their insulation checked. If any symptoms of infestation are present, then one needs to have their insulation replaced.

 

Water Damage

During the wet season, water can find its way through the walls or roof and into the insulation. If one fails to rectify this issue, mold will start to appear. Houses in flood-prone areas need to have the insulation checked constantly.

Homeowners need to get their attic insulation checked and replaced before the summer and winter seasons. While this can be done as a DIY project, some tasks could prove cumbersome. Hiring a professional would be advisable as they can keep everything consistent till the end of the job. Follow us for more articles that keep your HVAC system running efficiently and saving you money.