According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly 50% of your home energy costs. If you are struggling with higher-than-expected energy bills, here are some easy ways to help increase your HVAC system’s efficiency and lower your utility bills.
- Energy Audit: Take time to evaluate and see where your energy is wasted.
- Routine Maintenance: If your system is doing more work because of dust, buildup, dirt filters, or clogged drains, it uses more energy and costs you more money.
- Program your thermostat: Operate your HVAC system at optimum and stable temperatures to create the most efficient system.
- Seal: Sealing your home from drafts can significantly affect your HVAC energy costs. All this takes is finding smart and safe ways to eliminate areas where hot air is escaping and cold air is finding its way inside.
- Insulate: Add more insulation where/when you can. Insulating the attic is a great place to start.
- Turn Off Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans don’t cool the air; they only circulate it and make you feel cooler. Use them when you’re home to keep things comfortable but turn them off when you leave the house.
- Run Appliances at Night: Things like your dishwasher and washing machines produce heat. If you run them at night after the temperature outside drops, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard to keep things cool inside your home.