Newer HVAC units are designed to be very energy efficient. Unfortunately, a new HVAC system isn’t always an option. But there is good news. There are a number of steps you can take to maximize the efficiency of your existing HVAC system.
Often, HVAC systems are one of the biggest users of your energy costs. So it makes perfect sense to ensure it is as efficient as possible. Hage Energy, your furnace repair service in Houston, offers ways in which you can improve your HVAC efficiency.
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On those cold winter days, throw back those curtains and open your shades to let the sunshine into your home. This will help heat up your home, at no cost to you.
In the heat of summer, keep your curtains and blinds closed to keep the heat out.
Don’t Skip Maintenance and Inspections
Stick to your routine maintenance schedule and don’t put them off for later. An inspection done by a professional could spot small problems such as damage, leaks and energy consumption issues. These small issues can then be dealt with right away before they turn into huge, energy-draining problems. This also reduces costly repairs in the future.
Replace the Filter
Clean HVAC filters facilitate faster airflow, which allows better output by your system. This saves you money in energy costs.
Filters get clogged up over time, especially during climate extremes. It is a good idea to change out your filters every month.
Hot air rises, which means heat collects and stagnates in your rooms. This causes your AC to use more energy to keep your house cool. This happens in the winter as well. Your energy is going towards heating parts of your home that nobody uses, like your attic for example.
What you need are fans to get that hot air moving around. A few ceiling fans or portable fans will help distribute that hot air, which will result in lower energy costs.
Change Your Habits
If you are the type of person who keeps their thermostat set on 72 degrees or higher, drop that down a degree or two and grab a sweater. You wouldn’t think a degree in temperature would make much difference, but you would be surprised.
The same holds true in the summer, don’t set your AC too low and you will save money.
Seal Things Up
There is a network of ducts in your home that needs to be checked for leaks. These leaks could be costing you a lot of money in lost energy. Your HVAC professional can find these leaks and seal them off for you, allowing you to save money.
You will also want to go around your home and check for leaks around your doors and windows. Air that escapes outside means that your HVAC system is having to work harder to heat or cool your home.
Give Hage Energy a call and we can help find ways in which you can save money on heating and cooling costs.