HVAC Experts can provide a few tips on how to keep your heating and cooling bills for your home or business down while remaining eco-friendly.
- Have maintenance performed on your HVAC system on a semi-regular basis, whether it’s annually or bi-annually.
Even newer and more efficient Energy Star™ HVAC systems must be kept in good shape or their effectiveness will decrease in the years to come, which will be reflected in rising heating and cooling bills. It is our promise that we will ensure that your system is running at peak performance."
- Change your HVAC filters on a regular basis. Over time, running any HVAC system with dirty filters decreases efficiency and increases health risks, since clean air won’t be properly circulated throughout your home.
- During the hotter months, if there is only need to cool down one area of your home or business, consider using fans instead of a whole air conditioning unit. Fans are a relatively inexpensive way of keeping cooling costs down, and can keep the air in your home or business circulating without having to involve your entire air conditioning system.
- Check your home or business for cracks near windows or doors. Properly insulating your home can cut down heating costs, so it’s important to look for areas where a draft may come in, whether it’s under your front door or through a crack in the wall. By investing in a weather strip for your door and caulking holes where outside air can flow in, you reduce the usage of your HVAC system which will help it last longer while also cutting down on your heating bills.
- Check the duct work in your home or business. Over time, ducts are liable to cracking from either old sealing work or poor insulation, so you should make sure air isn’t leaking out. Special attention should be paid to any ducts that run through your attic, garage or unfinished basement since these are the areas that are less likely to be checked initially if your HVAC system shows signs of problems. An application of mastic or metal-backed tape over any cracks along with some insulation application can help improve the airflow in your home and maximize your HVAC system.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that will allow you to choose when your HVAC system either heats or cools your home or business, even when you’re not there. By giving you the ability to create presets for various climate conditions, you can save over a hundred dollars on heating and cooling costs your first year and will see the savings increase over time.