A HVAC system that’s well-maintained can use fewer resources than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve performance and help save you money in utility costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some easy steps you can take to improve your Central Point home.
- Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny gaps can let heat or cool air disappear from your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks.
- Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to keep the cooler air in and to prevent heat gain through the windows.
- Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually associated with keeping your home cozy in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the warmer season. Heat is constantly working toward cooler locations—like your rooms. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from moving through your attic and walls.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Air proceeds easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job easier.
- Ensure your ducts are properly sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Correctly sealing and insulating ducts is even more vital if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed.
- If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll just cost yourself more in energy.
- Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill inexpensive, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close 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 average setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in partnership 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 putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed 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 Titan Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Titan Heating & Air Conditioning at 541-286-6617. 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.