How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?
As utility bills climb, especially during the hot and cold seasons, you will want to take every possible step to reduce your energy costs. You can also save money by making sure a technician comes to perform regular maintenance and cleaning. With that in mind, here are some ways for you to effectively reduce the energy costs in your home or business.
Conduct Regular Maintenance and Cleaning
Remember to schedule an HVAC technician to come out to your premises on a regular basis to conduct maintenance and cleaning. A well-trained heating and air conditioning professional will thoroughly check out your system and fine-tune it to make sure it runs efficiently.
The technician will verify that all components are working properly and will repair or replace items as needed. A clean system will require less energy to run, resulting in lowered utility bills for you that will often make up for the price of the service call itself, while also ensuring that your system won't break down prematurely.
Make Sure Your Ducts Aren't Leaking
A common problem with the HVAC system in homes and businesses is leaky ducts. Arrange for a technician to test your system and to properly seal up the delivery system to avoid wasting heated or cooled air.
Before you turn up the Heat or the A/C, go through your home or business and close all the windows and doors. Eliminating drafts will let the system run more efficiently, saving money on your utility bill.
Use a Programmable Thermostat to eliminate the "button pushing" on the thermostat.
Some people have a simple thermostat that only lets them turn the temperature up or down, which is less than ideal for adequately cooling or heating the building. It's best to install a programmable thermostat (or to learn the basics of operating it if you already have one installed!).
You can program the thermostat to begin cooling the house more to your liking an hour or two before you are due to arrive home from work. For example, to provide more heat over the weekend when everyone is home than during the day when kids are in school and the adults are at their jobs. Conversely, it can be used to provide more cool air during the day when the sun is heating up your home than at night.
Let Your Curtains and Drapes Work for You
It may sound like a low-tech solution, but you should really let your curtains, drapes and blinds work for you. Open up the curtains to let as much sunshine in as possible during colder months to reduce the amount of heat your HVAC system will need to produce. Close your drapes on sun-facing windows during hotter weather to help cool down your home or business.
Close Registers in Unused Rooms
If you rarely use a guest bedroom in your home or an office or conference room in your place of work, you can reduce your energy costs by closing registers in these rooms. Why pump heated or cooled air into a room where no one will benefit?
Regularly Change the Filters
Many people use filters with their HVAC system to reduce airborne particles to help them with allergies and other respiratory ailments. However, it can be easy to forget to change your filters on a regular basis. When your filter has been in place for too long and is full of captured contaminants, it will tend to work less efficiently, causing your system to struggle and produce less air flow.
Make a note on your calendar or set a recurring alarm on your smartphone to help remind you to change the filters. Your bank account will thank you.
Regular maintenance is essential to the proper functioning of your HVAC system. If you can't remember the last time you had a qualified professional come to your location to clean and maintain your system, it's probably overdue.
At David Gray Heating & Air, our experts will be happy to check your HVAC system for leaks, install a new programmable thermostat and perform the regular maintenance and cleaning needed for maximum efficiency. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment for inspection and service of your system.