A change in the seasons directly affects how comfortable you feel in your home. Heating and cooling makes your abode a pleasant place to live, but it comes at a hefty price once you see your bills. A properly working HVAC system and home that promotes maintaining temperatures may be exactly what you need to keep your home a comfortable and affordable place to live.
Here are some tips to help you save on your heating and cooling expenses.
Check the filter in your system monthly and change it if it looks dirty. This is particularly important during heavy use seasons like winter and summer. Your filter should be changed at least every three months to prevent it from working too hard to heat or cool the air, and to keep dust from accumulating in your system.
Watch your home’s heating and cooling ducts too, as they can often waste considerable energy if not sealed properly. By keeping them sealed and insulated, an individual can improve home heating and cooling efficiency by up to 20 percent. Pay special attention to ducts in the attic, in unheated basements, and in crawlspaces and garages. Duct sealant and metal-backed tape are great choices for keeping duct seams and connections sealed.
Your HVAC system will need regular maintenance to keep everything running smoothly, and to hopefully detect any problems early enough that you’ll be able to avoid costly repairs. Choose a qualified HVAC technician. Your technician should check belt tension, refrigerant charge, and combustion efficiency (as these needs apply to your unit).
Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you are away from home at regular intervals for long periods of time. This can save you nearly $200 a year in energy costs.
And as you keep expenses in mind, think about buying Energy Star equipment. These industry standards are specifically designed with an eye toward energy efficiency and saving consumers money. The Energy Star web site is a great place to start looking for products. Don’t be afraid to shop around; some units will be a better value than others.