Have you ever gotten your utility bill and were shocked at the amount? Your HVAC system may be to blame for high utility costs. If your energy bill is consistently higher than you think it should be, increasing you HVAC System’s efficiency can help. Here are some easy ways to make your HVAC System operate more efficiently:
1. Change and clean your air filter regularly
While air filters can last from 60 to 90 days, it is important to check your air filter monthly. When an air filter is dirty it blocks the airflow through your system making it less efficient in distributing conditioned air throughout your home.
2. Replace your HVAC equipment
While this tip may not sound like it will save you money, if your system is over 10 years old it probably needs to be replaced. Replacing your old system with new, high-efficiency equipment may be costly, but will save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
3. Purchase a programmable thermostat
The Department of Energy has estimated that lowering the temperature in your home in the winter and increasing the temperature in the summer by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours can save you between 5 and 15% on heating and cooling costs per year. Purchasing a programmable thermostat makes this incredibly easy as you can program the temperature to increase or decrease every day while you are at work.
4. Clean the coils on your AC unit
Cleaning your AC coils on your outdoor HVAC system is another easy way to keep your system operating efficiently. You can clean them by clearing any debris around the system then shutting off your system, then rinsing the outside of the unit with a hose.
5. Check your home’s ducts and registers
When there is an accumulation of dust and debris in your ducts and registers, this reduces airflow through your home. Checking these areas regularly will ensure that airflow is flowing efficiently through your home.
6. Insulate your home
If your home is poorly insulated, you are losing a lot of your conditioned air. Adding insulation to your walls, windows, pipes and ducts will help trap in the air thus helping your HVAC system become more efficient.
7. Regular maintenance
Scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC system will help ensure your system will continue to run efficiently and reliably. It is recommended to schedule maintenance a HVAC specialist before and after the summer and winter seasons.
By implementing these 7 tips, you will not only increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, but will also lower your energy bills as well as have more peace of mind that your HVAC system will function properly throughout the year.