Did you know that the average household in the U.S. spends over $2,000 each year on energy bills? Your AC and heating system account for more than half of these costs. The good news is, there are a few steps you can use to remain comfortable while saving money on your HVAC bills.
Keep the Heat Out
During the summer, you should keep your curtains and blinds closed and use other window treatments over bigger windows. When you block the sun’s rays, it will help to make your home easier to cool and minimize how much your air conditioner has to run.
Avoid Adjusting the Thermostat so Often
If you are changing the settings on your thermostat often, it can waste quite a bit of energy. Consider having a programmable thermostat installed that will adjust the temperature in your home at preset times. When it is used properly, the thermostat can help you save quite a bit of money. Change the temperature sin the home so that your system doesn’t run as much when no one is home or when everyone is sleeping.
Keep the Cooling Energy where it Needs to Be
Do you use the attic of your home often? What about the crawlspace? If you answered “no” then you should keep your cooled air out of these areas. If you have found that cooled air is escaping into these areas, make sure to check your ductwork for damage or air leaks.
Ensure Your Home is Airtight
If your doors or windows are drafty, they should be sealed and use caulk or weather-stripping for fireplaces to minimize the draft. Also, adding more insulation in your home can help you reduce your cooling costs.
Don’t Let Your Expensive Energy Escape
Running the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans too much can cause the cooling system to have to work much harder. If you aren’t cooking or taking a shower, turn these off. It will help conserve energy and reduce your overall energy costs.
Make Sure Your HVAC System Remains Clean
Even just a small amount of dirt can cause serious issues. Get in the habit of changing the system’s air filters at least every 30 days. Also, make sure to keep your exterior unit free and clean from any debris and leaves.
Replace Your HVAC System when it gets too Old
Is your heating and cooling system over a decade old? If so, it may be time to replace the entire system. If you are ready to make this investment, make sure you purchase Energy-Star rated products because these are proven to be more energy efficient. Also, if you have old equipment that is still using Freon refrigerant it should be replaced with a more energy efficient option that uses Puron refrigerant.
When you utilize the information here, you will be able to save money on your monthly energy costs.
For all of your heating and cooling needs, contact out team at Priced Right Heating and Cooling in the Overland Park, KS area at (913)-713-5911.