Since heating and air conditioning accounts for most of your home energy consumption, it pays to find efficient climate control solutions. Though you can make large investments to improve the overall efficiency of your home, there are also some quick and easy ways you can start saving now and see real results on next month’s bill:
Program Your Thermostat
One of the greatest tools at your disposal is already in your home. Take control of your energy usage and start saving by setting your thermostat to energy-efficient temperatures during the day and when you sleep. In the winter, that’s about 8 degrees below your normal comfort levels, and between 8 to 10 degrees above in the summer.
Block Drafts and Stay Comfy
Install weatherstripping and use draft blockers under doors to cut down on air infiltration, which can account for about 20% of your energy loss. Use heavier window treatments in the winter to avoid uncomfortably cold areas near the windows.
Change Your Air Filter
Near your return air vent is the air filter for your HVAC system. It should be replaced on a regular basis, usually about once a month. Not only does this afford you cleaner indoor air, it protects the internal components of your air handler. A clean air filter promotes high airflow, and eliminates strain that otherwise causes your furnace or A/C to expend additional energy.
Chat with Your HVAC Specialist
Your heating repair company is an excellent resource for information on saving energy. They can recommend measures that further improve the energy efficiency of your equipment and increase your comfort. If you’re in the market for something with a higher rating of energy efficiency, they can give you vital assistance sizing and choosing new units.
Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that you receive the highest efficiency out of your HVAC system. Schedule your annual appointment with Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. or call us at (805) 273-4320 to find out how we can help your home become even more efficient.