How can I reduce some of my energy costs?
Below are a few proactive steps to take to increase your HVAC efficiency and lower your energy costs.
- Keep up with routine maintenance
- It’s a good idea to schedule semi annual service to ensure your system operating at its most efficient settings.
- Set your HVAC system at optimum and stable temperatures
- The temperature you set your thermostat is largely a matter of personal comfort, but many systems have optimum temperature ranges that ensure they’re using energy efficiently. Consult your owner’s manual or with your service technician to find out the most energy-efficient temperature range. It’s also a good idea to avoid fluctuating temperatures too frequently – such as turning the AC way down on a hot day – as this can make your HVAC system work harder and less efficiently.
- Seal your home
- Air leaks in take away from your HVAC efficiency. Make sure all your windows are shut and the weather striping is in tact on all doors throughout your home. Similarly, ensuring your home is properly insulated will help your air conditioning system to run efficiently.
- Use a programmable thermostat
- Programmable thermostats allow you to set your air conditioning system to work less while you are not home.
- Use curtains & blinds
- Window coverings will help maintain the current temperature in your home.