Your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest energy users in your home. Here are some ways to save for Earth Day and every day.
When it comes to eating up energy, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is at the top of the list. According to Energy Star, up to half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Dave Borowski is the Director of Technical Training for One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. ® Here are his top five tips to help save some energy for Earth Day and each day after.
Tip #1 Change your air filter regularly
Change your air filter monthly or as required by your system’s manufacturer. You can change it more often if you have pets or respiratory concerns. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder and not as efficiently as possible. This can increase your energy use.
Tip #2 Clean gutters, downspouts and trim bushes outside
A little maintenance during spring and before the summer rains can help keep water and moisture away from your home.
Water and moisture can lead to poor indoor air quality. Your system has to work double time when air circulation around it is restricted by bushes and foliage.
Tip #3 Tune up your HVAC equipment
Having a professional tune up of your heating and cooling system can improve its efficiency and catch problems before
Tip #4 Install a programmable thermostat or Wi-Fi based control
These allow you to precisely control the temperature in your home, even from your cell phone. You can program it to use less energy while you’re away or asleep at night. Many new thermostats are very affordable.
Tip #5 Seal your heating and cooling ducts
Ducts move air from your heating and cooling system through your home. You can help improve the efficiency of your system by sealing your ducts. Call a trusted professional for help.
For more information on saving energy in your home through your heating and cooling system, contact the trusted professionals at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning.
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