March 7, 2022
After this heating season, many of us are feeling the negative impact of rising energy costs. Having to spend all those precious Franklins may have some of us considering drastic measures to financially afford what the next season will cost. However, the good news is there are steps you can take now to help reduce your bill in the future.
Tip #1: This one is the simplest of all. Change your dirty air filter. You can save up to 15% on your energy bill just by doing this every one to two months. When an air filter is clogged up with dust, fur, and other debris it does not allow proper air flow to your heating and air conditioning unit. As a result, your unit will work harder and not be as efficient. Most filters are located in your home’s return air duct, but furnaces can have a filter on them as well.
Tip #2: Make sure your ductwork has good insulation and is properly sealed. You don’t want that sweet nectar of your home leaking into your attic or crawl space. This will do you no benefit. Scheduling a duct cleaning service can also be great. Not only does it reduce allergens in your ductwork, it also clears any debris that may be blocking up your ventilation.
Tip #3: Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can reduce your energy bill up to 26%. Say what? That’s right! Programming your thermostat to automatically switch to a higher degree in the Summer and a lower degree in the Winter while you are sleeping or away is pretty savvy. Some Smart Thermostats nowadays will even do the hard work for you and will maximize your energy savings. Don’t be scared by the idea of owning one. Operation is quite simple after the initial set up and installation.
Tip #4: The most crucial step in the life of your HVAC unit is getting it regularly cleaned. Schedule your HVAC maintenance about every 6 months to keep your heating and air conditioning unit running as efficiently as possible. Why is this so important? When dirt, leaves, grass, etc. isn’t kept cleaned from your unit’s fins and coils, it will have to work harder to dispel heat and air. This results in more energy consumption and a lowered life expectancy for your HVAC unit. Keeping an active maintenance agreement is sure you help you protect your investment.
Tip #5: Speaking of investment, consider investing in a new energy-efficient HVAC system. Choosing one with inverter technology air conditioning can save you up to 50% on your energy bill versus a conventional air conditioner. At Eco Heating and Air Solutions, Inc, we offer affordable monthly financing options so this can be a very realistic option for you.
Whatever steps you take this year to reduce your HVAC energy consumption, we are here to help you along the way. We are always here to help your house feel like home.