Green living is gaining in popularity, which means that energy efficient homes are a lot more common. Promoting sustainable practices at home allow you to reduce your carbon footprint, of course, but they’ll also help you save a lot of money. Homeowners who are looking for ways to be more energy efficient are smart to start with their HVAC systems. Below, we’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that will allow you to use less energy, save money, and stay comfortable at home.
Experts agree that installing proper insulation is typically the number one way to reduce energy waste in your home. Without adequate attic insulation, nearly 20% of every dollar you spend on heating your home leaves right through your roof! Plus, your home will likely feel drafty in winter and stifling in summer. That means your heating and air conditioning will have to work a whole lot harder to make your home feel comfy, and that’ll result in sky-high bills. In that case, it won’t matter whether or not you’ve invested in other high-efficiency equipment or maintain your system regularly; air is going to escape regardless. By fixing problems with insulation, you’ll be one step closer to making your home more energy efficient.
Programmable thermostats are a must for energy efficient homes. They make saving money and staying comfortable a breeze. That’s because you can quickly program the ideal temperature and time into your thermostat so that your HVAC system won’t heat or cool your home while you’re out and won’t have to work as hard to make it comfortable upon your return. You also won’t have to remember to turn your heating or cooling system up or down all the time. All you have to do is program it once and adjust as needed.
Although there are “one-and-done” tasks for energy efficient homes, there are other jobs that are more ongoing. One of these is making sure that you inspect and change your air filters on a monthly basis. When air filters are filled with dirt and debris, the air from your HVAC system can’t flow through them as freely. That means your system will have to work much harder (which means higher costs, as we know!). Most air filters can last 60 to 90 days, so you may just have to clean yours rather than replacing it. But it’s good to check them more frequently than that, especially if you have allergy sufferers in the family. Switching them out regularly can save you money and can make your family more comfortable.
The truth is that even if you’ve upgraded your entire system to high-efficiency equipment, it won’t matter much if you don’t maintain it properly. Regular cooling system maintenance and heating system maintenance is vital. Tempted to skip the inspection this year? That could cost you a lot more in monthly bills and repair fees in the not-so-distant future. To ensure your system is running the way it should and not costing you more than necessary, you should have it checked out by an HVAC professional every single year.
Don’t get caught in a heatwave without working air conditioning this summer! By scheduling your HVAC maintenance today, you’ll be able to beat the heat all season long. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or with any HVAC questions you may have.