Did you know you can keep more money in your bank account just by making residential HVAC energy efficiency improvements? It’s true! Heating and cooling costs account for almost half of your energy bill, so finding ways prevent your furnace and AC from running nonstop can help you save big. Keep reading for awesome HVAC efficiency tips.
HVAC Energy Efficiency Improvements to Lower Your Bills
Depending on your budget, there are a number of ways to reduce energy use in your home by up to 20%. In many cases, you’ll end up recouping the money you spend up front within a year.
Block the Sun’s Natural Heat
This one doesn’t cost you anything but can end up saving a lot. When the hot sunlight streams through your windows, certain rooms are likely to heat up quickly. Since this causes your air conditioner to work hard just to cool those rooms, you should close blinds or hang insulated curtains during peak sunlight hours to reduce cooling costs. During the winter, use those same curtains and blinds to trap warm air from escaping through the windows.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
A new air filter isn’t expensive, but not replacing it can be. Dirty air filters that are clogged with dirt, dust and dander make your system work harder, so swapping it out every few
months saves a lot of energy. If you have a pet, you may need to change your air filter every month. One of the best HVAC efficiency tips we can give is to choose an air filter with a high MERV rating which means it will trap smaller particles. Some high efficiency filters can be replaced once a year.
Buy a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
Leaving your thermostat at the same temperature day and night is a big energy waster. It doesn’t make sense to heat and cool your home when everyone is at work or school, so think about getting a programmable thermostat to set the temperature a few degrees higher during summer months and lower during winter months when no one is home.
One of the newest HVAC energy efficiency improvements is the smart thermostat, which can be adjusted from a smartphone. This comes in handy if you have a sporadic schedule such as soccer practice one night, an early board meeting one morning, or you’ll be in and out of the house on weekends. Smart Thermostats range from in price (+ installation) and can save you over 20% on monthly energy bills. It’s important to find out which smart thermostats work with your existing HVAC equipment, so be sure to ask us before you make a purchase.
Schedule a Maintenance Tune-Up
The best way to improve your system’s efficiency is by having bi-annual preventative maintenance checkups. Once in the spring and once in the fall, Your HVAC technician will clean coils, check fluids and change your filter to allow your system to work its best and make sure there are no issues that could lead to bigger problems down the road.