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HVAC Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on February 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Is your energy bill higher than you would like it to be? Try these HVAC tips to help save you money!

Adjust your thermostat.

Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter, 68 degrees or below is the recommended setting to get the best energy savings. By doing this your heating system will operate less and use much less energy. Also, consider turning your thermostat down 5 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home. If you do not have a programmable thermostat consider having one installed to adjust your home’s temperature settings automatically.

 

Don’t forget to change your filters!

Replace or clean your systems filter once a month or as recommended by a professional. Dirty filters reduce airflow, causing your unit to work harder and consume more energy.

 

Have your system tuned-up twice a year.

It is important to have a system tune-up/maintenance every spring and fall by a professional. Proper maintenance is key to energy savings, comfort, and longevity of your system.

 

Check your systems airflow.

Make sure your registers are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes. Have your ductwork checked by a professional to assure it is properly sealed and insulated. A systems ductwork is often a big energy waster. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your system by as much as 20 percent or more!


Insulate and Weatherize your home.

Make sure your home is insulated. The easiest and least expensive way to insulate your home is to add insulation in the attic, also in unfinished basement walls and crawlspaces. When insulation is installed correctly, there is typically a 20% savings on HVAC costs. Weatherizing your home can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs. So, be sure to seal up holes by weather-stripping doors and sealing window gaps.


Replace your older system.

If you have an older unit that has not been properly maintained, invest in a new model. Older systems are costly to repair and costly to operate. The replacement costs may seem daunting at first, but in the long run, they are well worth it. 


More Money Saving Tips:

  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but do not block airflow. This can yield substantial savings on your electricity bill.
  • Whole house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
  • Switch to cooler, energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, which use about 66% less energy than standard bulbs.

 



 


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