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5 Ways to Save Money on Heating and Cooling Costs

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling a home calculates to roughly 48% of the energy usage in an average American household, making heating and cooling the biggest energy cost for most families. Sweltering summers become especially grueling when an older HVAC system isn't cooling your home down the way it used to.

What's worse is receiving high-energy bills that seem to steadily increase year after year due to an inefficient HVAC system. However, you can decrease your heating and cooling costs and save money on your energy bill. Read on to learn more.

1. Keep Your Air Filter Clean

A filthy air filter will decelerate airflow, make the system work harder, and waste energy. Therefore, keeping air filters clean can decrease your energy costs and prevent damage to your HVAC equipment because dust won't build up inside the system. Inspect and keep your outdoor unit clean and clear of grass, leaves, or other debris.

2. Make Your House Airtight

Cash flows out of doors and windows that lack proper sealing and insulation in the form of wasted energy. Therefore, make your home airtight by investing in energy efficient windows and doors as well as adequate insulation. Also, avoid heating and cooling attics and crawl spaces by making sure that air ducts are properly sealed.

3. Invest In a Smart Thermostat 

Using a programmable thermostat affords you the convenience and consistency of automation. In addition, this equipment can save you 10% a year on your energy bill. After installing your upgraded thermostat, program it so that for at least 8 hours a day the temperature is ideally 7° to 10°F from its baseline setting.

These intervals can be programmed to adjust while the family is sleeping and at times when everyone is away at work or school. For the best savings set the thermostat baseline to 68°F during the winter and 78°F during the summer.

For added convenience, choose a smart thermostat that can automatically and more accurately determine your daily temperature needs. A smart thermostat can suggest a schedule to help you find the most energy-efficient settings for your family.

You can program it to work with devices like Alexa or Google Assistant so that you can change your settings without getting out of bed or reaching for a smart device. In addition, if you forget to adjust your thermostat before leaving for vacation, you can easily do so from a smartphone app.

4. Upgrade to an Energy-Efficient System 

How old is your HVAC system? Systems that are more than a decade old typically don't conserve energy in the ways that modern energy conscious ones do. While you'll pay an initial fee for the installation of a new system, upgrading to an energy efficient HVAC unit will cut down your energy bill and save you money every month. As an added benefit you may qualify for federal tax credits if you upgrade to an Energy Star unit.

5. Maintain Your HVAC System

Upgrading to a new system isn't enough. You'll need to have seasonal maintenance services in order to keep high-energy bills at bay. Just like a new car can breakdown or run inefficiently if it is not properly maintained, your HVAC system should be checked for common maintenance issues like leaky ducts, faulty electrical connections, or lack of lubrication of moving parts.

If your energy bill is increasing dramatically during the summer and winter months, then have your HVAC system serviced or upgraded. From a clogged condenser coil to a leak in the coolant lines, a variety of problems can affect the efficiency of your unit and prevent it from operating optimally.

Contact Action Plumbing & Heating Maintenance to find out how we can help you find a modern energy solution for your heating and cooling needs.