Maximizing Heating and Cooling Efficiency
Nearly half the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, so making smart decisions about your home’s heating and air conditioning system can have a big effect on your utility bills.
Here’s how to increase the efficiency of your systems:
- Change your air filters regularly. Check your filters every month, especially during heavy use in the winter and summer. If the filter looks dirty… change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months.
- Tune-up your HVAC equipment yearly. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve its efficiency.
Install a programmable thermostat. This technology is especially ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week.
- Lastly, seal your heating and cooling ducts.
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by a professional contractor.