Here Are Some Tips for Saving Energy and Improving Efficiency
● Schedule preventative maintenance 2 times per year to ensure your air conditioning and heating unit is performing at its optimum level.
● Invest in a programmable thermostat like the Nest that is easy to use. Did you know that can save as much as 10%+ a year on your heating and cooling bills?
● Clean or replace filters monthly. Or, better yet, purchase a 4″ media filter that provides better IAQ and does not have to be replaced as often.
● Keep blinds and shades closed during summer months. This keeps natural sunlight from heating your rooms. During winter months, open south-facing draperies and shades to allow sunlight to help warm your home.
● Add humidity to you home during the heating season. This helps because you will feel more comfortable at lower temperatures.
● Don’t forget to set all ceiling fans in reverse during summer months. Today, most ceiling fans use the same electricity as a 100-watt light bulb.
● Keep a minimum of 2 foot clearance of shrubs/bushes/plants from your AC unit(s). This will allow for proper air flow to your unit.
● Install shrubs or trees at least 3+ ft away from your AC unit(s) to shade the condenser if possible, but do not block airflow. An AC unit operating in the shade uses up to 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
● Insulate accessible heating ducts in unheated areas, such as the attic. Insulation minimizes heat loss during the winter.
● Minimize the use of bathroom fans and kitchen hood fans in the winter. A bathroom fan can suck all of the heated air out of the average house in little more than an hour.
● Make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed.
● Don’t set your thermostat at a colder temperature setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster, and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
● Keep lamps away from the thermostat.