Efficient & Cost-Effective HVAC Tips
The typical U.S. family spends over $2,000 a year on utility bills, and roughly 40% of your utility costs are generated by your heating and cooling systems. That’s quite a chunk of change out of your monthly budget! Fortunately, the experts at Atlantic Heating and Cooling are dedicated to helping you save money on your energy bills by providing you with a variety of tips that can reduce your energy usage. Take a look at some of the tips below, then give us a call today to find out more information!
Update your furnace or air conditioning system
HVAC technology continues to change, continually coming up with more efficient products that are specifically designed to help reduce your carbon footprint. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, the major components may have started to deteriorate, which makes the entire system work harder. By converting to a new, high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner, you could save up to 40% on your gas or electric bills.
Change your filters
Clogged filters can damage your HVAC system, so make sure to change your filters on a regular basis.
Check the attic
Sometimes, the source of your home’s heating or cooling problems is the attic. Make sure that there are at least 9 inches of insulation in your attic and that your attic is well ventilated.
Install a programmable thermostat
There’s no need to keep your HVAC system running at full capacity when you’re at work. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can reduce/raise the temperature while you’re asleep or away from home, and the program will automatically restore your home to the ideal temperature before you return. Simply setting your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by up to 10%.
Check your refrigerant levels
If you feel like your air conditioning system is not running properly, check the refrigerant levels. An improper refrigerant charge can cause your system to work 2 to 3 times harder than it should, which can definitely have an impact on your energy bills.
Inspect your air supply registers and return vents
An efficient HVAC system relies on air supply registers and return vents to function properly. Registers are responsible for maintaining air flow, but sometimes they are painted over or hidden behind large furniture, which greatly reduces their performance. Make sure your supply registers are clean and clear of all obstructions.
Schedule preventative maintenance services
The best way to ensure that your furnace and air conditioning systems are operating at peak efficiency is to schedule routine maintenance services with an HVAC technician. At Atlantic Heating and Cooling, our experts will conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system, addressing minor problems along the way to prevent expensive repairs down the line and to ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency.
For more helpful tips on how to cut the cost of your energy bills, just give us a call today!