To be comfortable in your home during warmer summer months as well as the bone-chilling months of winter, heating and cooling systems are essential in most places across the country. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to pay a fortune in terms of your energy bills to enjoy your home i comfort. Your monthly heating and cooling bills can be high or low depending on a number of factors. Some of these include the HVAC systems you use, the size of your living space, your heating and cooling requirements, how you use your HVAC equipment, and whether or not you observe proper maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment.
However, you can be one of those few homeowners who take action instead of constantly complaining about high energy bills from their heating and cooling. It will take a few measures, which can lower your energy costs without actually sacrificing on your homes comfort and convenience of your heating, cooling, and air conditioning system. Below are a few tips on how to save on your heating and cooling energy bills.
Practice Proper Heating And Cooling System Maintenance
How well your heating and cooling system is maintained will have a huge impact as far as its reliability, your comfort, the useful lifetime of the system, and its energy efficiency are concerned. Some maintenance tasks that you can do yourself include filter replacement and cleaning, coil fin realignment, and evaporator coils cleaning, among others. Moving parts should be appropriately lubricated if you can to reduce wear and tear. You can also check and inspect the condensate drains for leaks in your central air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace. For the best results, it is advisable that you work with an experienced heating and cooling contractor and schedule a preventive heating and cooling system maintenance to prevent common mechanical problems such as dirty filters, clogged condensate drain leaks, inconsistent cooling/heating, and other issues, which may cause the heating and cooling system to overwork and use up too much energy.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
In its basic definition, a thermostat is a device that automatically regulates temperature, or activates a device when the temperature reaches a certain desired set point. Especially of your heating and cooling system is a bit older, you can work with an experienced technician and see whether there’s a way it can accommodate a programmable thermostat especially for people who aren’t at home for a certain duration throughout the week. With this device, you can program your HVAC system to turn on or off when temperatures reach a certain point, set temperature limits, set on and off times, and so on and so forth.
Sealing and Insulating Your Home
Duct passages used in home ventilation are basically channel through which heating and air conditioning systems use to deliver heated or cooled and remove exhaust air to and from your living space. Poorly done ductwork, cracked, dirty, or broken air ducts interfere with air flow through the system, thus making the HVAC unit to struggle and use up more energy in the event. According to Energy Star.org, sealing and insulation can improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling equipment by 7%-20%. Leaking ducts should be repaired and sealed to improve HVAC systems energy efficiency and lower your energy bills from heating and cooling your single-family home. Duct cleaning can also be helpful if necessary. Roof, attic, ceiling, wall and floor insulation can also reduce heating and cooling costs by improving HVAC system energy efficiency.
Install An Evaporative Cooler In Your Home
Evaporative coolers can save up to 75% on energy costs when compared to central air conditioning. Although evaporative cooling isn’t suitable for parts of the country with high humidity, they can be a great option in hot, dry areas with low humidity levels such the mountain west, and the desert climate of the southwest.