There are many steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. You can monitor the thermostat more carefully or opt for fans, open windows and other alternatives on days when the weather is nice to use less air conditioning.
And the same with heating; cover up with more blankets and wear socks to bed, allowing you to turn down the heat.
In many cases, high heat and a/c bills are due to HVAC neglect. When it comes to heating services Lincoln NE homeowners are surprised to learn that the lack of maintenance can result in higher energy consumption.
Maintenance/Use of Air Conditioning
Air conditioners can consume a large amount of energy. Here are some simple steps that could reduce the amount of energy used.
1. Place the air conditioner fan in the “auto” position instead of “on”. Using the “on” position can increase energy costs and make the air conditioner work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
2. Close the blinds and curtains on sunny days to avoid the accumulation of heat. This will also help you optimize the performance of your a/c.
3. Make periodic checkups to your air conditioning and heating system, twice a year if possible. Spring and fall are good times for a technician review and make sure your system is working efficiently.
Changing the air filters only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in the amount of energy needed for your air conditioner to function properly. Dirty air filters make your air conditioner work harder than it should and reduce airflow. Take note of when you changed the air filter along with the size, so you are ready to buy new ones when the time comes.
Another problem that makes the system work harder than it should is a dirty heat exchange. When equipment is dirty, the pressure is lowered, and the fans work with low intensity.
Invest In Smart Heating Systems
Many homeowners today still have a basic programmable thermostat but unless you’re actively changing the settings all day, you’re not getting maximum value. Using smart controls means that homeowners oversee everything, which allows you to save money. And many systems can be run from a digital device, like a tablet or smartphone.
The energy used to heat and cool your home is probably a mystery to you, but technology allows us to be more in control. Whether you’re at home or away, smart controls can manage the temperatures more efficiently. Why spend money to heat a room that you’re not using, or heat a home while you’re at work?
Smart heating controls can maximize energy savings, and many of the advanced controls can even tell you when to schedule maintenance checks.
There are many methods to optimize our current heating and cooling systems, while lowering costs, but it starts with proper maintenance and understanding how to maximize efficiency. Additionally, having a professional review our options for bill savings can also help transform costs.