No matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining your equipment. Here are some simple tips to help you save energy in your home.
- Combine proper equipment maintenance with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, and you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling. Every degree over 78 is money in the bank!
- Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the cooler winter months and as high as comfortable in the summer months. Invest in a programmable thermostat to take one item off of your to-do list. Programmable thermostats can divide the days into 4 different time periods so that your home is comfortable when you’re there, and saving you money when you’re not. You can even set up different schedules for each day, or even access the thermostat from your smart phone, to truly customize your life.
- Clean or replace furnace or a/c filters. We recommend monthly filter changes if you use the store-bought filters that you place in grills. Dirty filters can cause your system to increase its run time and may even cause damage to the system.
- Clean warm-air registers as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes. Your system needs air flow to work properly and can not cool what it cannot circulate!
- Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- During hot days, keep window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
- Long-Term Saving Tips. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14 SEER or more.
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