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HVAC Tips to Help Save on Energy Costs

Temperature control is a crucial part of maintaining a comfortable home. Your home’s HVAC units are large, complex, and provide an important service. They can also take up a big chunk of your monthly energy bills. Here are some ways to reduce the burden on your wallet each month.

Switch to a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are becoming more commonplace among modern homes. They have versatility and a multitude of benefits that add convenience and help save on energy costs.

A smart thermostat, or programmable thermostat, can be set up with your smartphone or another internet-connected device. The thermostat’s features depend on the model and how it’s set up in your home, but they all share the ability to control your home’s temperature remotely.

Say you’re in a rush for a night out and forget to turn down the heat. You could, once you get where you’re going, pull out your phone and adjust the temperature. This helps eliminate energy waste.

You could also use the thermostat to create preset temperatures that don’t require adjustment by hand. If you like it cold at night, you can set the thermostat to automatically drop a few degrees right before bed (and back up to normal when you wake up).

Keep Up With Maintenance

A malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC unit uses more energy than one working at its full potential. That’s why it’s crucial to keep up with the maintenance of your HVAC so that any lingering problems can be dealt with.

One of the best ways to preserve energy efficiency is to keep up with air filter cleanings. Check your filters every month, and if they are dirty, either clean or replace them. A dirty filter hinders airflow from your furnace or air conditioner. That backup causes the unit to work harder, using more energy than necessary and driving up your monthly bills.

Not only does regular maintenance help reduce energy costs, but your system will work better and last longer. Call your local HVAC technician to get a complete diagnostic and tune-up for your HVAC unit.

Improve Insulation

Insulation is often forgotten when we’ve been in our homes for some time. After all, the insulating material is hidden inside the walls.

But insulation plays a vital role in preventing extreme temperature changes inside your home. Keeping your indoor temperature stable helps reduce the burden on your HVAC system.

If your home is very old, it may be worth investing in improved insulation, especially if you notice certain rooms have a strong draft. You can also beef up the insulation around windows and doors, which can deteriorate and leave open space over time. If you can, upgrading your windows and doors to a better fit can help reduce air leakage.

Weatherstripping is another alternative for insulating windows and doors. This thin material can be wrapped around doors or windows and help close the gaps where air can get through. Eliminating cold air from getting out in the summer and in the winter will help keep temperatures inside more stable, therefore reducing the need for your HVAC to run.

Change Your Behavior

You can do simple things around the house that will help reduce the strain on your HVAC system.

Using the sun to regulate temperature is a convenient and free way to reduce energy costs. In the winter, open up curtains as much as possible and let the sun provide warmth to give your furnace a break. In the summer, keep curtains closed when you can to block out the sun and preserve the cool temperatures that build-up overnight.

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