In the average U.S. household, the HVAC system plays a significant role in overall energy usage. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to look for new ways to use their HVAC system more efficiently.
Energy efficient HVAC can help you reduce your monthly energy use (and utility bills) while improving your home comfort. Are you looking for ways to be more energy efficient and lower your monthly energy costs? Here are just a few tips and tricks you can try to reduce your HVAC energy usage:
Did you know that each degree you lower (or raise) your thermostat closer to the outdoor temperature can help reduce your heating or cooling bill by one percent? According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, adjusting your thermostat closer to the outdoor temperature for a period of 8 hours can have a significant impact on your heating and cooling costs. This doesn’t mean that you have to be uncomfortable. If it’s cold outside, try adding another blanket, and if it’s warm, try sleeping with a light sheet instead.
Dirty air filters can restrict your HVAC system’s airflow, which makes your air conditioner or heater work harder than necessary to keep your home comfortable. An overworked system can increase your energy bill, not to mention cause wear and tear on your system’s parts. Homeowners should check their air filters at least once a month and clean or replace them when they become dirty or clogged. Regularly replacing your air filter will not only help you keep your system running efficiently, but it can also improve indoor air quality.
Do you often forget to adjust the thermostat when you leave the house? A programmable thermostat helps you better regulate temperature (and save energy) when you’re not home. Homeowners can program the thermostat to adjust the temperature during times of the day when they are typically not home such as when they are at work or during vacation.
Another way to save on your monthly energy costs is by ensuring that there are no drafts in your home. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save as much as 30% on their energy bills by sealing air leaks and closing up drafty windows. One of the easiest ways to stop a draft is by rolling up a towel and placing it over the crack where the air is escaping. You can create a more sturdy air seal by filling up a scrap of fabric with sand and then placing the draft guard over the drafty spot.
Just like your vehicle, your home’s HVAC system needs regular tune-ups to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Though systems vary based on manufacturer, it is recommended that you get your air conditioner and heater serviced at least once a year. During your planned preventative maintenance visit, an experienced HVAC technician will make sure that your equipment is clean and well-lubricated. They will also check for any repair needs and recommend the best fix. By ensuring that all of your system’s parts are in working order, you can work to prevent more serious repair needs later on. Getting your HVAC system serviced at least once a year will not only help you maintain or improve system efficiency, but it can also prolong the life of the unit.
Energy efficiency has come a long way in the past few years, let alone the last decade. If you have an older HVAC system that is hitting the 10-year mark, it may be time to upgrade to equipment that can provide better energy efficiency. Advent Air Conditioning offers top-of-the-line Carrier HVAC systems that help you save energy and cut down on utility bills while staying comfortable.
Advent Air Conditioning leads the way in energy efficiency. Not only will our expert HVAC team help you find the right new energy-efficient heating and cooling system for your home, but we can provide the maintenance and repair services to help you keep it running smoothly for years to come.
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