Should your energy bill rise along with the temperature this summer? No! It does not have to be that way. Here are 7 HVAC tips that can help you cut down on your energy bill this season.
- Summer Filter Replacement
Consider it a responsibility to clean or change your air filters regularly, especially before the peak season starts. With too much dust and dirt stuck in the filters, your unit can find it hard to work which means a greater amount of energy will be consumed in its operation.
- Set your Thermostat Wisely
Set the thermostat at a comfortable level when you are inside your home. But, when you are not around, keep your home a bit warmer. Upgrading your thermostat can also help for greater savings. Choose a programmable one for easy access and full control of your home’s temperature.
- Leave the Vents Open
Many would think that it will be a waste of energy to open the vents in unused rooms. Little do they know that closing them will surely bring great pressure and strain on your air conditioning system. It disrupts the balance between the air that gets inside the unit and the air that comes out of it. This will force your system to work harder and may result in leaks inside the system.
- Do Not Add More Heat
As much as possible, do not use your oven. You can opt for the stove, a microwave oven, or grill outside your home. Be sure to place your lamps, TVs and other electronics at a certain distance from the thermostat to prevent it from picking up the heat released. When you leave your home, see to it that lights are turned off.
- Search and Seal
Be sure to check on your insulation. You can save big time on your energy usage when you find those drafts and leaks that allow hot air to enter your home. This will also help you feel comfortable in the dog days.
- Turn Off Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans do not really give you cool air. It only circulates the conditioned (or unconditioned) air inside the room. They only make you feel cooler because it creates a breeze against your body. Be sure to turn it off in unoccupied rooms to prevent an increase in your energy bill.
- Get a Tune-up
The best way to get the best comfort and savings this summer season is to have your units tuned up. Regular maintenance identifies small glitches in the system before they create major disasters in the operation. Plus, since it includes regular cleaning and repair, you are assured that your system is running efficiently throughout the season.
Keep the costs down this summer season. Schedule an appointment with Freezing Mechanical to prepare your system for the challenge and to get more energy-saving tips straight from the professionals!