Money Saving Tips for Your HVAC System
The most economical operation of your system comes from setting thermostat properly. Set thermostat at the highest summer setting or the lowest winter setting when you’re not home. Typical settings are 70 degrees for winter heating and 78 degrees for summer cooling.
You can schedule the time your heating/A/C system operates. Your home’s programmable thermostat can store and repeat multiple daily settings.
Ceiling fans give you the sensation that a room is cooler than it actually is by creating a breeze. Thermostats can be moved to a higher temperature and you will feel comfortable. Make sure to turn off the fan when leaving the room. Fans do not actually cool the air, they just move it.
Keep your air filter clean
The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. If your filter is not washable, it should be changed out every three months, to ensure proper operation. There are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air filter. The larger spaceguard filters last longer and are changed less often. If you’re not sure what size filter you have, or where it is located, contact our office and we will gladly help you find it.
Keep vents and grilles unobstructed
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will reduce the cooling and heating load on your system for a more economical operation.
Keep doors and windows closed
Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in winter and the cooling load in summer. Your system will operate more economically as a result.
Use the AUTO setting
Generally, it is best to set your indoor fan to AUTO. This costs less and provides better humidity control in the summer.
Keep heat away from thermostat
Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat. These include lamps, TVs, stereo and computer equipment.
Insulate air ducts
Be sure all air ducts are well insulated. Ducts should also be sealed with a vapor barrier.
Get a maintenance agreement
Make sure your HVAC system is regularly cleaned and serviced. Regular maintenance can help lower heating and cooling bills, as well as prevent costly repairs.