With the arrival of fall comes heating season, and since heating prices are expected to rise, it’s a good time to start planning for the colder months. Follow along below for our energy-efficient HVAC tips to help you get the most out of your heating system while keeping your costs down.
Schedule Seasonal Maintenance
Seasonal maintenance is key to ensuring your HVAC systems are running efficiently and minimizing energy usage. Routine maintenance also increases your system’s lifespan, preventing costly repairs and replacements. If you didn’t get your air conditioning tuned up this Spring, now is the time to get it cleaned and prepared for the colder months. It’s also the perfect time to get your furnace tuned up and ready for lower temperatures. Schedule your seasonal maintenance today.
Replace your Air Filters
You’ve likely heard us say this before, but one of the most important things you can do is replace your HVAC system’s air filters. Regular replacements keep your system running efficiently and your home’s air cleaner, saving up to 15% of your energy usage. We recommend monthly replacements during the heating season and every three months during the rest of the year.
Reduce Drafts to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Anywhere heat can escape from your home is a waste of energy, so insulating your attic and other areas, such as windows and ceilings, helps make your home airtight. Attics and basements are most prone to letting warm air out and cold air in, so seal any holes or cracks in these areas. Also, if you have a window A/C unit, remove it during the cold months. By reducing these drafts, you may save up to 15% on your annual energy costs.
Keep your Vents Clear
Clearing obstructions from your vents prevents your system from straining to reach living spaces. Move anything blocking them, such as heavy furniture, so your system can run smoothly. Regular cleaning of your home’s vents also prevents dust and debris from building up, which allows your home to heat more evenly.
Turn Down the Thermostat
National Grid and The U.S. Department of Energy report that customers can save 1%-3% on their annual heating costs for every degree they turn down on their thermostats. Smart thermostats are an excellent investment since they can help you regulate your home’s temperature from anywhere, even if you’re not home. Lowering the temperature when you’re out of the house and sleeping also saves energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, smart thermostats can save you up to 10% yearly on your energy bills.
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Clean your Outdoor Unit
Cleanliness is just as important outside as it is inside. Clear your outdoor unit of leaves, dirt, and debris when you’re out mowing or raking your yard this season. Removing these obstructions will prevent hazards and help maintain your unit’s efficiency and lifespan.
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Upgrade to a New Energy-Efficient HVAC System
If your heating system isn’t running as efficiently as it once did, it might be time for a new one. Upgrading to a new energy-efficient system improves your comfort and reduces your energy costs by up to 20-40% annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It also means you can rest easy knowing your home has proper heating and ventilation. Get in touch if you’re ready for a new system.
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