Whether the temperatures are heading to high 80s or 90s or plummeting to the low 20s, we know that the fast change can have a great impact on your HVAC system. With those extreme temperatures can also come extreme energy bills. You want to keep your home and family comfortable so what do you do to keep your energy bills in check as well? Here is a list of our Top tips.
— Always buy Energy Star labeled equipment: Energy Star equipment has to meet very strict guidelines from the EPA. Also there is a possibility of receiving rebates from your utility companies.
— Determine your usage needs: No one knows your home better than you! Determine where you don’t need as much heat or air and then install programmable thermostats to decrease your usage when it’s not needed (when you are gone or at night when everyone is sleeping)
— Turn it up! (your thermostat!): You would be surprised how much money you could save just by turning up the thermostat a few degrees. It is recommended to keep your home between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as low as your household can stand.
— Clean up around you! By removing dirt and debris from around your air conditioning unit you can keep all airflows paths clear. If you don’t you run the risk of having your system clogged up. It doesn’t just have to be about your residential AC system. If you are a business owner, don’t neglect your roof!
— Keep the heat out: Make sure to close blinds that on west and south facing windows to keep heat out especially in the summer. If not, your air conditioner will have to work a lot harder to keep those rooms cool!
— Consider upgrading to a newer high efficiency HVAC system — How old is your system? If it is older than 10-15 years there have been major advances in technology that have allowed for more high efficiency HVAC systems to be sold. Make sure to check the SEER rating and talk to your local trusted contractor before settling on a system. Most efficiency systems have a rating of between 14 and 18. Think about it this way, a system with the efficiency of 16 costs 1/2 of what it would be to operate an 8 SEER.
— OUR BEST TIP: Do not ignore regular maintenance: Just like your car, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance. By having it performed on your AC unit in spring and your furnace in the fall you will guarantee you will have less problems on the hottest or coldest day of the year. Maintenance also means your system will be performing at peak efficiency which saves your household money!
Choice Comfort serves small businesses in Vandalia, Tipp City, Englewood, Kettering, Troy, Beavercreek, and other surrounding towns in Dayton, Ohio. Give us a call at 937-898-5252 today!Tags: electricity bills, energy efficiency, saving money