Heating & Cooling Energy Saving Tips

Approximately 42% of your overall energy usage is from heating and cooling your home. By ensuring your equipment is performing optimally and by improving the overall efficiency of your home, you can conserve energy.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats come with a variety of energy-saving schedules to fit your lifestyle, while saving you up to $180 per year in energy costs.

Set the Temperature for Optimum Savings

In the winter, set the thermostat at 70 F and turn it back to at least 62 F when away or asleep. In the summer, set it at 78 F and turn it up to at least 85 F when away and 82 F when asleep.

Schedule a Heating & Cooling System Inspection

Control energy costs by having your heating and cooling equipment inspected annually you will maximize the efficiency and extend the life of your equipment.

Consider a Heating and Cooling System Upgrade

If your equipment is over 10 years old, you may save up to 30% on energy consumption with a heating and air conditioning replacement. Equipment with todays technology is high-efficiency, meaning it will use less energy to operate, saving you money.

Improve Comfort with a Ceiling Fan

Stay cool in the summer by operating the fan in a counter-clockwise direction. Reverse the direction and operate the fan at a low speed to circulate warm air in the winter.

Seal & Insulate Exposed Ducts

About 20% of conditioned air distributed through a duct system is lost. Seal duct connections and insulate exposed ducts to improve system performance, and be sure to have a system duct cleaning every ten years.

Dont Let the Air Escape

Prevent the loss of conditioned air by sealing air leakage sites, like attics or around windows and doors. Also, regulate the use of exhaust fans a houseful of conditioned air can be blown out in just 23 hours.

Avoid Emergency Cooling

Setting the thermostat a lot lower than normal will not cool your house faster but it will waste energy.

Increase Indoor Humidity in the Winter

A humidifier can increase the relative humidity in your home, making the air feel warmer and allowing you to save energy by turning back the thermostat.

Maximize Equipment Performance

  • Keep the Filter Clean: Dirty filters slow air flow through your system clean or replace filters every month to improve equipment efficiency.
  • Clean the Condenser Coils: For outside coils, turn the unit off, clear out the leaves or debris, and then spray the coils with water at a low pressure. For inside coils, brush and vacuum the coils until clean.
  • Keep Vents Clear of Obstructions: Maximize air circulation by keeping air vents clear of obstructions.
  • Relocate Any Household Devices: Move any heat-generating devices away from your thermostat; they may cause your system to heat or cool unnecessarily.
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