HVAC Tips and Tricks For Energy Savings
HVAC Tips and Tricks For Energy Savings
The cost of operating the heating and cooling systems at home can be quite high. More often than not, we’re stuck with sky-high energy bills, especially during the summer and winter months, when we use our HVAC systems more frequently than we do in the fall and spring.
Most of us may have accepted the fact that our heating and cooling costs will always eat up a significant portion of our energy bills. That, however, doesn’t mean that we’re no longer interested in trying to find ways of reducing the cost of keeping everyone cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As much as possible, let’s all apply the following HVAC tips and tricks if we want our energy bills to go down:
Tune your HVAC systems up.
One of the worst things that could happen is your HVAC system breaking down in the middle of summer or winter. An AC tune up can prevent that from happening. Your furnace could use some maintenance work too. An HVAC system tune up primarily involves cleaning the entire thing and checking if everything is functioning optimally. Should they find anything wrong, they can readily fix it.
By the time your HVAC technician is done with the tune up, your HVAC system will be good as new and supremely ready for the summer or winter grind.
Don’t heat or cool the neighborhood.
If you live in an older home, there’s a much higher chance that it has gaps, holes, or cracks in certain places. Leaving them alone would mean you are allowing all that heated and cooled air—which you’re spending a lot of money for by the way—to just escape and keep the neighborhood warm and cool at your expense.
So plug all those leaks if you want to save money on your energy bill.
Use a programmable thermostat.
The beauty of having a programmable thermostat is that you can set it to use less energy when keeping your home cool or warm when no one’s home. You can make your HVAC system follow the schedule of everyone in the household with a programmable thermostat so it won’t be running full-on when people are at work or school. That alone can translate to huge energy savings in the long run.
Set up an HVAC zoning system.
An HVAC zoning system is mainly designed to customize heating and cooling in specific areas of your home. Using multiple thermostats, a control panel, and dampers, it can regulate the flow of air in your air ducts, allowing you to control the flow of heated or cooled air into specific zones on areas in your home.
One clear impact of HVAC zoning on your energy efficiency is that it prevents your HVAC system from heating or cooling your basement and other seldom-used areas of your house. You can automatically stop airflow into a room no one is using, and that will eventually translate to significant savings on your energy bill.
Don’t forget the sun.
During the winter months, the sun will still be shining and giving off warmth. So let the sunshine in by opening your curtains or drapes so you can keep warm even when your furnace isn’t running full blast.Conversely, the sun’s rays getting into your home will surely heat things up some more in the summertime, and that will make your air conditioning unit work harder—and therefore use more energy—to keep everyone comfortably cool. This time around, close your curtains and drapes to keep the sun out.
Dress less in the summer, bundle up in the winter.
Instead of pushing your thermostat to the limit in the summer and winter, why not just dress appropriately for the season, and turn your thermostat settings a bit lower so it won’t use much energy even when you’re home?
In the summer, make it a habit to wear shorts, tank tops, or clothes that should help you keep cool when you’re home. The winter, of course, will call for warm clothing, so get those sweaters, coats, sweatpants, and bonnets ready.
Clean or replace the air filter.
Your HVAC system’s air filter may be clean after that tune up you had for it before the arrival of summer or winter, but it may already be dirty a month or two into those seasons.
A filthy air filter will severely affect airflow, which, in turn, will make your HVAC system work harder just to do its job. So check your airflow at least a month after the tune up. Leave it be if it’s clean, but recheck it a couple of weeks later. If a lot of dust has already gathered, clean or replace the air filter right away.
As far as HVAC tips go, the ones mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg, but they should be enough to get you started on your quest.