The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system might be a single piece of equipment but, it holds all combined climate control in one package. Large or small, and any sizes available, an HVAC system uses a lot of power to operate.
If you are a homeowner who already has an HVAC system, or you are currently planning to invest in one, this is for you…
Here are some ways to help you stay on budget
Being energy efficient can be inexpensive – say goodbye to breaking the bank situation and hello to the world of saving. Use these energy-saving tips for your heating and cooling needs.
1. Clean Air Filters
It is the rule-of-the-thumb that air filters should be cleaned or replaced once every month (or as recommended). One of the easy ways to remember this is to set a reminder on your smartphone to help you get notified.
Dirty and clogged air filters can lead to restricted airflow and overheating of your HVAC system. To simply put it, this situation translates into more frequent repairs, worse indoor air quality, higher electric bills, lower system lifespan, etc. Thus, changing your air filter must be part of your routine – in any which sense, economically, health-wise, budget-wise, and environmentally it is a win-win-win situation.
2. Durable Ductwork
Ductwork is a hidden gem that is crucial for home comfort all year round. For most homeowners, ductwork is an “out of sight, out of mind” type of situation. Thus, leaky and poorly maintained ductwork can be the cause of series of problems.
Furthermore, not all homeowners are lucky enough to have well-sealed ductwork in the entire home. Leaky ducts can waste a lot of energy for cooling and heating in your attic, basement, and the gaps in between your walls. Rooms in your house can get different temperatures – some can be cooler and, some might be warmer than others.
And yes, this can cost you money, but it is worth it! Call your HVAC technicians to ensure that your system is running smoothly and properly as it should be.
3. Schedule yearly HVAC Maintenance
HVAC maintenance is a must for your air conditioning system. Making sure your coils are clean, you got the right freon levels, all the parts are running smoothly are just some of the steps we take in routine HVAC maintenance. Yearly maintenance can save you hundreds in your electric bill, repairs, and increase your system lifespan.
4. Look out for your thermostat habits
Setting up your thermostat to the coolest temperature to cool your home “faster” is probably not the brightest idea. Doing this makes your unit run longer thus, consuming more energy than usual – more energy translates to a higher electricity bill. The energy-efficient tip is that, if you don’t mind the differences, try to set your thermostat one degree lower when it is winter season, and one degree higher in the summer. An extra degree makes a big change long term.
5. The use of fans
A typical room in a house only has one vent aimed at the exterior windows or doors. But once the air hits a wall or the floor it stops moving, and this leads to one part of the room at the preferred temperature while the other side does not. A great solution is ceiling fans, a fan can distribute the air more evenly throughout the room making the overall comfort much better.
In reality, we all want our great home comfortable year-round, and takings these simple steps can help you be comfortable and in a budget. We hope these tips help you! For any HVAC inquiries, call us or text at (813) 548-5699. We promise you experienced care for your heat and air.