You can greatly increase the effectiveness of your home equipment by merely following these simple tips.
Would it surprise you to know that you spend about half of your energy costs on heating and cooling your home? You can make a huge impact on your utility bills–and your comfort–by making informed decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC). Take a look at the following steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Your wallet and the environment thank you.
Change your air filter regularly
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). When it’s dirty, change it before the system has a chance to lessen its effectiveness, which at a minimum is every 3 months. If you procrastinate, the dirty filter will slow down the airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool, which wastes energy. Do your best to prevent early system failure.
Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly
Just as a tune-up for your car improves your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system improves efficiency and comfort.
Install a programmable thermostat
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.
Seal your heating and cooling ducts
Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, a central air conditioner, or a heat pump are often big energy-wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts directly improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by at least 20 percent. When you allow us to clean your ducts for you on a regular basis as part of our maintenance program, you can save even more.
A Bit of Advice for Sealing Ducts:
Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawl spaces, an unheated basement, or your garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap the ducts in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next, seal any other ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.
ENERGY STAR is the Star Performer
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old, we can evaluate it as professional HVAC contractors. If your equipment isn’t performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR rating. You can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200. Before you invest in a new HVAC system, address any big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment itself.
Ask about proper installation of your new equipment
Replacing your old heating and cooling Rochester home equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed.
Heating & Cooling Savings
Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent — costing you more in utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s lifespan.