Running an HVAC unit as energy efficiently as possible, is an excellent way to save money on your monthly utility bills. Today, newer HVAC units are designed to be more energy efficient than models before. Although upgrading a good unit is not an option for every homeowner, you can actually take steps to improve and maximize the efficiency of any existing HVAC unit.
Here are some tips to make your home more energy efficient:
Change out old air filters
It is no surprise to many homeowners that you should regularly change your homes’ air filters. However, it may come as a surprise how much this can increase overall efficiency. One of the main jobs of an air filter is to stop dust and debris from making it into your air. When your filter starts to receive buildup, your unit then has to work harder to push clean air out. Failing to regularly change the filter eventually leads to poor air quality and an overall decrease in your units efficiency.
Utilize a programmable thermostat
It may not sound like much, but reducing the temperature in your home by even a few degrees can make a big difference in your monthly utility bills. With a programmable thermostat you can set it to automatically adjust when you and your family are away from the home. This will allow you to save money by adjusting the temperature when you are gone.
Use those household fans
Using a ceiling fan in combination with a programmable thermostat is a great way to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Although most of us know that our ceiling fans can help to circulate cool air during those hot summer months, these fans are also useful during the winter months to push the hot air efficiently around the room. When using a ceiling fan, you can usually drop your thermostat a few degrees without noticing any difference in your home’s comfort.
One of the biggest things you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to schedule routine check-ups. It can be easy to forget and quite easy to put off scheduling your HVAC unit’s yearly preventative maintenance. Not only does routine maintenance help your current unit last longer, but routine maintenance can significantly increase your home’s efficiency levels.
These are just a few of the many things that you can do to increase the efficiency of your home. Give us a call to set up a routine HVAC unit check-up, so we can make sure your unit is running clean, smooth, and efficiently.