With the prices of energy consistently rising, energy efficiency is more than just a trend. Having an energy efficient home means paying less and saving on your utility bills. One of the biggest energy costs for most families is the heating and cooling systems in their homes. With a few simple improvements and correct use of heating and cooling, you can save on your energy bills. Here are some of the ways that you can cut the costs of heating and cooling your home:
1. Addressing Air Leaks And Energy Loss From Openings In Your Home
There are many openings in your home where air leaks cause you to lose energy. This can be things like windows and doors that have bad weather stripping or missing insulation. Other openings are overlooked too. Things like plumbing and mechanicals often penetrate exterior walls and do not have insulation. This can be a major cause of energy loss, and it can easily be fixed. You can just use spray foam cans to stop these leaks. If doing this around wiring, you may want to use a product that is fire-resistant.
2. Updating Thermostats To Programmable Controls For More Energy Efficiency
Updating thermostats is another way that you can improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC. Digital thermostats are more accurate and reliable than the old dial thermostats, which can improve energy efficiency of your HVAC. There are even newer programmable controls, which you can program to best suite your needs, or get one that memorizes your settings overtime and automatically adjusts your HVAC according to your habits.
3. Regular Maintenance And Replacing The Filters Often
There is also regular maintenance that needs to be done to your HVAC system. Some of these things include changing the filter, cleaning dust and checking the system for small problems. This can be just checking to make sure the access panel or door to the furnace is properly closed to not loose heating, or removing debris from the outdoor heat pump for your AC.
4. Having Your AC And Furnace Serviced Before Using Your HVAC
It is also important to have your HVAC system serviced regularly to ensure it is working properly. This is something that you may want to do every season before you start using your heating or cooling. An HVAC technician can check that your AC is clean, has coolant and that it is not dirty. They can also do repairs and clean your furnace for you before you start using your heating. Having your HVAC serviced regularly can prevent many of the repairs that need to be done.
These are some of the things that can be done to reduce your energy costs of heating and cooling your home. If you need to have repairs or maintenance done to your HVAC system, contact a furnace service to get the help you need keeping your furnace and air conditioner working efficiently. To learn more, contact Lakeside Heating & A/C Inc.