Energy Efficiency Tips To Save You Money
Programmable thermostats allow you to operate your interior temperatures throughout the day for comfort and to save money. You can regulate your temperature to be cooler or warmer at night when you sleep for improved sleeping conditions. To lower utility bills you can make adjustments to keep your house warmer or cooler (depending on the season) so your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard when no one is home. Today’s thermostats have the capability to be controlled through your smart phone or smart device from anywhere in the world that you have a phone signal.
Utilize Your Indoor Blower
Your thermostat can be set with the fan to the ON position to run the indoor fan 24/7 or in circulation mode (depending on the thermostat) to run the fan 30 minutes every hour. The fan operation will allow for the air in the home’s living areas to “mix,” which helps prevent hot & cold spots. The indoor fan running will allow for continuous filter operation even when the heating or cooling part of your HVAC system is not in operation.
Keep interior doors and vents open to help circulate the air.
Keep Your Unit Clean & Clear
Be sure to clean or change your air filter at least once a month, and always use the proper size for your unit. It is also important to keep your outside unit clear of debris to avoid blocking the airflow.
Upgrade Your Insulation
If your home was built before 1985, you may need to upgrade your insulation to reduce cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
Consider Buying a New A/C Unit
If your system is over 10 years old, it may be time to purchase a new unit.
Keep Sunlight Out
Close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of day.
Don’t Ignore Air Conditioning Problems
You should have your air conditioner checked when you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Decreased air flow from the registers;
- Strange noises coming from the air conditioner;
- Moldy odors coming from the ductwork when the air conditioner is running;
- The air conditioner cycles on and off more frequently than it used to;
- The breaker for the air conditioner in the electrical panel keeps tripping (or the fuse keeps blowing);
- Ice appears on your air conditioner or piping, either inside or outside the house;
- Your outdoor fan in the air conditioner won’t come on.
Call us today to have your air conditioning checked and serviced to avoid larger problems down the road.