Energy Efficiency Tips To Save You Money
Air Conditioning TipsCheck Your Thermostat
Cool your home at 78º or warmer with the fan switch on “auto.” For extra savings, raise the thermostat to 82º when you’re not home.
Utilize Ceiling Fans
Keep your home comfortable and reduce your A/C costs by installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. The average cost to run a fan is only $7 a month!
Keep interior doors and vents open to help circulate the air.
Keep Your Unit Clean & Clear
Be sure to clean or change your air filter at least once a month, and always use the proper size for your unit. It is also important to keep your outside unit clear of debris to avoid blocking the airflow.
Upgrade Your Insulation
If your home was built before 1985, you may need to upgrade your insulation to reduce cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
Consider Buying a New A/C Unit
If your system is over 10 years old, it may be time to purchase a new unit.
Keep Sunlight Out
Close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of day.
Don’t Ignore Air Conditioning Problems.
You should have your air conditioner checked when you notice any of the following symptoms:
Decreased air flow from the registers;
- Strange noises coming from the air conditioner;
- Moldy odors coming from the ductwork when the air conditioner is running;
- The air conditioner cycles on and off more frequently than it used to;
- The breaker for the air conditioner in the electrical panel keeps tripping (or the fuse keeps blowing);
- Ice appears on your air conditioner or piping, either inside or outside the house;
- Your outdoor fan in the air conditioner won’t come on.
Go Green – Energy Saving
Have Your Air Filter Changed Regularly
A clean air filter will intercept dust and fibers, which can build up on the blower fan and the heating and cooling coils. This build-up can reduce the equipment’s performance and restrict the airflow, which will shorten the operating life of your system. Filters should be changed regularly every 3 months, but it is also important to check your filter every month during heavy use months, (winter and summer).
Have Your HVAC Equipment Serviced
Having a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve your unit’s efficiency, air quality and longevity. Companies offer maintenance agreements to ensure that your equipment remains in good working order.
Consider Installing ENERGY STAR Qualified Heating and Cooling Equipment
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, you may want to have it evaluated by a professional. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, a green alternative would be to consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. These high-efficiency heating and cooling units can save you 20% or more on heating and cooling costs.
Use Variable-Speed Equipment
Systems with single-speed fan motors can heat and cool rooms too quickly. Variable-speed motors automatically adjust the flow of heated and cooled air for the intended comfort level. Systems with Variable-Speed motors run longer at lower speeds which saves on the wear and tear of the equipment, which will ultimately save you money.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during the day. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to keep your home cooler during the winter months, or warmer in the summer months, thus saving energy costs while your family is away at school or work. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you $150 or more every year in energy costs.
Review Your Ductwork Design
Correct ductwork design is crucial to system performance and energy savings. Ductwork should be sized to match your HVAC system specifically. Every turn in a duct increases air resistance causing the fan to work harder. This can directly affect the unit’s ability to heat and cool your home efficiently.
Seal Ductwork and Add Insulation
Ductwork that is not properly sealed can account for 10-30% of your total heating costs, wasting hundreds of dollars each year. The health and safety of your family can be directly affected by poorly sealed ductwork. Most ductwork is located in unused portions of your home, such as attics, basements and crawl spaces. Leaky ducts can draw in air from these areas that can be contaminated with dust, mold, radon, chemicals or insecticides. It is equally important to make sure that your ductwork is insulated per local code requirements to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air in unoccupied spaces.
Install a Zoning System Into Your Home
A zoned system gives you the ability to have as many controlled areas as your home requires. Since each of the zones will have its own thermostat, this will save you energy and money, and prevent needless heating and cooling of unoccupied spaces.