A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use fewer resources than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve efficiency and help save you money in energy costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some simple actions you can take take to improve your Genoa home.
- Secure any leaks around your windows and doors. Even miniscule cracks can let heat or cool air escape your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks.
- Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to catch the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows.
- Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is normally equated with keeping your home warm in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly seeking cooler places—like your home. Sufficient insulation prevents heat from going through your attic and walls.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job easier.
- Ensure your ducts are properly sealed to stop air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more vital if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency easy. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re out and about or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed.
- If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll only cost yourself more in energy.
- Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without negatively affecting your comfort.
- Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
- Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air for an evaluation. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.
If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air at 847-306-8990. Our experts can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.