Costs for running your HVAC system can be quite high. Luckily, you have a friend in the business with American Comfort Experts and we want to help save you money! You can be more efficient and save money on your heating and cooling costs by making a few small adjustments. We are here to help – check out these easy, quick HVAC efficiency tips to save money on your utility bills:
1. Clean and Change Your Air Filters
One of the simplest and easiest ways to make sure your HVAC system runs efficiently is to clean and/or change out filters according to the directions on the packaging. Replace most air filters every 60 to 90 days. Add a reminder to your calendar so the time doesn’t sneak up on you without noticing. Washable filters can be removed, cleaned, and reused. Check which type you have and get on a regular schedule of keeping your air filters clean and clear. When dust and debris build up on the filter, your system must work harder to blow cool air into your home. This makes the system work harder and costs you more in energy expenditure.
2. Keep AC Units Clean and Clear
Outside AC units collect leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris; and this buildup can cause major issues in how well the systems run.
A clear area of at least two feet is recommended. Make it a habit to check the system and surrounding area each time you’re out in your yard. Clear away anything that has cluttered up the area. To further clean the unit, rinse it with your hose regularly to remove lint, mold, debris, or anything else that may be interfering with its function and ensure it can drain water properly. A clean and clear unit can do its job more efficiently, saving you money in energy costs and unnecessary wear and tear on the unit.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat (and leave it)
Programmable thermostats are more than just convenient, they can also save you some money.
First, pick a comfortable temperature that everyone in your house can deal with when they are home. The average temperature ranges from 70 – 74 degrees. If that seems too warm, fans can help you keep cooler, without costing you as much money.
If you are going to be away from home for a couple days, scale back on how hard your system works while you’re gone by adjusting the thermostat. Don’t leave the a/c or heat on full blast when no one is going to be there to enjoy it! While this may seem like a small savings, it can add up to a significant amount over time.
4. Keep Up With Regular Maintenance
A final tip for cutting back on HVAC costs that may seem slightly confusing to some, is to schedule regular inspections, maintenance, and repairs as needed. The amount of money you will spend on maintenance to keep your HVAC system up-to-date is much smaller compared to the costs in the long run to fix damage and wearing out of your systems.
As the homeowner, watch for red flags like unusual noises, smells, or unexplained cost increases so problems can be addressed as soon as possible. There can still be invisible signs of damage or disrepair that you may not notice, which is why it is important to have professionals like our staff at American Comfort Experts to come out and take a look. Ignored problems compound over time, and by the time you are forced to act, the damage may be irreversible and more expensive.
We hope with these four tips, that you can keep your HVAC system costs down while remaining comfortable in your home. If you have any issues with your HVAC Systems, please reach out to us at American Comfort Experts, we would love to help!