Because your home comfort system can account for more than half of your household energy use, it’s important to pay attention to your heating and cooling equipment to keep costs in check. It’s easy to ignore a system that appears to be working, and it’s often the unexpected high energy bill that will provide the first indication of trouble. However, you can be proactive in saving on your utility bills while ensuring that your equipment operates in excellent condition.
Make HVAC Maintenance a Top Priority
Maintaining your heating and cooling equipment requires more than just an occasional air filter change. The filter is important because it protects internal parts from excessive dust, and the filter is easily neglected. However, your equipment should be inspected and serviced prior to seasonal use to ensure that it is in safe working condition. Fine-tuning of various parts will allow your HVAC contractor to optimize your system for the best possible energy performance, potentially saving you a great deal on related utility bills. Some important benefits include:
- Clean coils – in extreme cases, dirty indoor and outdoor coils can add as much as 30 percent to your air conditioner’s energy consumption.
- Refrigerant service – low refrigerant stresses your compressor and can contribute to poor cooling performance. A shortfall of just 10 percent in refrigerant levels can lead to an increase of up to 20 percent in energy use.
- Extended life – your equipment has a limited lifespan, and optimization can extend that time while reducing your potential for repair needs.
Programmable Thermostats Provide Precise Climate Control
Replacing an old thermostat with a programmable model will allow you to implement setting changes throughout the day to avoid wasting energy. By setting your thermostat back or ahead to reduce HVAC activity during the day, you can curb your energy usage. An eight-hour adjustment of just one degree translates to approximately one percent in energy savings, and your programmable control system makes this easier to manage. In fact, you may want to consider upgrading to a wireless unit for remote access and more customized control.
Seal Air Leaks and Examine Attic Insulation
According to Energy Star, you can trim as much as 10 percent from your heating and cooling costs by ensuring that your home is protected against leaks and heat gain. Caulking and weather stripping are affordable materials for addressing leaks. A visual evaluation of your attic will allow you to assess insulation needs. If you can see the joists in the attic above the insulation, you may benefit from additional material. If you can’t see the joists, additional insulation is probably not necessary.
Duct Services May Help
Ducts are a source of approximately 20 percent energy loss as your conditioned air moves through your home. Leaks can double that percentage. Blockages can also add to your bills. Periodic duct inspection, cleaning and repair may be necessary to curb this source of extra expense.
The team at All Seasons Service Network is available to assist with your HVAC repairs and maintenance needs as you strive for better energy usage levels. In some cases, AC replacement may be ideal for obtaining the best performance levels, especially if your equipment is more than 10 years old. Our Pensacola FL technicians can also assist with an energy audit to pinpoint sources of high energy usage. Call our office to discuss your needs.