A HVAC system that’s taken care of can use much less energy than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in utility costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to better your house’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless things you can do take to improve your Paso Robles home.
- Seal any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny gaps can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping every place you find leaks.
- Use your windows. If it’s cooler when the sun goes down, turn off your AC and open the windows. In the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to catch the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows.
- Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually associated with keeping your home warm in the winter, but it also helps you out in the warmer months. Heat is constantly working toward cooler spaces—like your house. Sufficient insulation stops heat from going through your attic and walls.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated.
- Check to see your ducts are accurately sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if necessary. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Tightly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned room.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will go to normal when needed.
- If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home faster, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as small as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% each year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without changing your comfort.
- Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re leaving lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for too long because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
- Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Paso Robles Heating and Air for an assessment. It could be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.
If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Paso Robles Heating and Air at 805-203-8667. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.