As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling your home. So making smart decisions about your home's heating and cooling systems, as well as ventilation, can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
Change your air filters regularly.
Check your filters every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you comfortable — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and early system failure. We can provide you with the correct air filters for your equipment. Putting in the wrong air filter could decrease your air flow.
Tune up your furnace and air conditioner yearly.
Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling systems can improve efficiency and comfort. Call us to set up your yearly cleaning and tune-up.
Have a programmable thermostat installed.
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
Have your ventilation ducts sealed.
Ducts that move air to-and-from your heating and cooling systems are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more. Call us and have your ducts inspected for proper air flow.
Consider installing energy-efficient equipment.
If your furnace or air conditioning equipment is more than 10 years old, or not keeping your house comfortable, call us and have it evaluated. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that is energy-efficient. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with energy-efficient equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200.