We’re all interested in saving money. If there’s a better, more efficient, less costly way of doing things then Americans are interested in it! Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of your total energy bill so this is a great area to look for money saving methods!
Efficiency is the buzz word in heating and air conditioning maintenance. If your system is energy efficient, it’s saving you money. Here are a few ways to make your system a little more energy efficient and save a few bucks.
Energy Star and SEER
If you’re considering a new air conditioning installation (or any appliance purchase) look for the Energy Star or SEER rating. Energy Star-qualified equipment is designed to operate at peak efficiency and will save you money from installation to replacement. An Energy Star rated HVAC system reduces your energy usage and it may gain you a tax break as well. (Consult with your tax advisor prior to purchase.)
Maintenance Saves Money
You may have to pay a professional to service your HVAC system but that small investment will pay off in the long run. A few dollars annually will save you a big payout later if and when your system fails due to lack of preventative care. Think of it as an annual physical for your HVAC system. Regular check-ups can diagnose problems when they’re small and fixable rather than wide-spread and devastating.
An old thermostat won’t keep your system running as well as you’d like. Consider updating and upgrading your thermostat to the latest in HVAC and heating technology – a programmable thermostat. These handy little gadgets allow you to control the temperature of your home even when you aren’t in it.
You can set the temp to an appropriate level for the time of day and the occupancy of the home. If nobody is home from 9:00 until 3:00, there’s no point in running the air conditioning system to maintain a frosty 68 degrees. Put the temp to a budget-friendly 80 during the day and have your system automatically change to a cooler temp just before the first person arrives home. It’s also great for reducing costs while you’re on vacation or asleep.
Look for more ways to reduce your energy usage and costs by adjusting your heating and air conditioning usage.