How can I keep my HVAC running efficiently in the Spring and Summer?
- Keep your thermostat constant, the power used by the HVAC becomes incredibly inefficient when constantly battled over in the home (and what house hasn’t fought over thermostat control?). During the day it becomes cost effective to raise it a few degrees (2°-3°) to save money, especially when no one’s in the house.
- Have your filter replacement performed on time by professional HVAC contractors. The number one cause of expensive maintenance and repair bills is a poor to nonexistent filter changing schedule!
- Switch your HVAC unit to the “Fan on” mode. Not only will it ensure the hot and cold air fronts will be mixed, it will also save you money by disallowing the respective air pockets to form. Remember to keep that air flowing.
- If you have two stories to your house, you will actually want to keep the top floor less air conditioned than the bottom. This is because warm air rises while cold air falls. Setting the second floor to receive less air conditioning will balance itself out and help your wallet, as well. It is encouraged to set the top floor of your home to only receive 75% of the total cooling air.
- Blinds, shades, plants, and other such household items will actually help with the bills if you install them on the east side of your house. This will actually prevent the sun from heating your house more rapidly in the morning.
- Install an attic fan to help pump the residual hot air out of your attic. Everyone who’s had to go on up into the attic on a hot summer day can tell you how sweltering it can become. An attic fan helps relieve some of the pressure that the air conditioning unit takes on, as it has to work even harder to cool the highest points of your home. This will also increase the lifespan of your unit.
- Remember to have your HVAC unit properly maintained and cared for, every tune-up prolongs its longevity.
How can I keep my HVAC running efficiently in the Winter and Fall?
- Purchase a programmable thermostat. It is by far the most economic HVAC purchase you can make. The simple act of turning the thermostat down during the day can cut financial costs by as much as 25% for that year. In other words, a $50 device can save you as much as $150 in a year! It can pay for itself in as little as three months!
- Make sure that all open gaps are closed. It sounds simple, but remember that this includes your windows, doors, closet doors, fireplaces, doggy doors, and chimneys. Having all your rooms sealed will greatly increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system.
- One tip that is gravely overlooked is the simple act of keeping all vents unobstructed. This includes the floor vents covered by furniture. This simple action allows your HVAC system to be as clear and effective as possible.
- Make sure your air filters are always clean. Replacing and maintaining filters are a necessity to HVAC longevity. This will save you money in the long run, and if you have allergies the benefits will be immediate.