There are several ways to save money on your energy bills, such as adjusting the thermostat when you are away from the house or using the ceiling fans to move air. For more noticeable savings you can upgrade your current system to a high efficiency system, install a programmable thermostat, change the air filters, and schedule preventative maintenance.
If you have an older heating and cooling system, it may not operate as efficiently as you need. High efficiency HVAC systems have advanced technology designed to reduce energy usage without sacrificing the performance of your equipment.
Higher efficiency heating and cooling systems are typically labeled as Energy Star products, meaning they have met the standards put forth by Energy Star to boost efficiency while saving you money. You can expect smooth performance regardless of the weather outside when you invest in a newer high efficiency system.
Thermostats are responsible for controlling how much work your heating and cooling system performs in order to maintain a set temperature. If you have an analog, you are probably using more energy than you realize. A programmable thermostat allows you to preset temperature settings for when you are home, away, asleep, or on vacation. These settings allow your system to work less when you aren’t at home or when you won’t need constant high and low temperatures. Programmable thermostats can be set on a schedule that reflexes you and your family’s busy schedule.
Clogged or dirty filters block air flow in your furnace, causing it to work harder to circulate air throughout your home. When you change your furnace filters on a regular basis, you encourage your furnace to operate more efficiently, and you lengthen the life expectancy of your HVAC system.
Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to save on energy costs. A well-maintained system will operate at its highest efficiency and will experience fewer breakdowns. Routine maintenance performed at least twice a year will catch problems with your HVAC components before they turn into expensive repairs. You not only save money by creating a more efficient system, but you also save money without costly repairs down the road.