Energy efficient heaters and air conditioners help you save money on the utility bills. However, installing a new system isn’t always a good option. The good news is that you can enjoy more efficient heating and air conditioning even without replacing the system.
Replace Air Filters Monthly
Traditional wisdom says that you can replace air filters once every three months, but your system will work better if you replace them monthly. As they become clogged with dirt and dust, they limit the airflow entering your system. Efficiency fades as the system strains to operate. Filters are extremely affordable, and replacing them often will also help your system last longer.
Make Good Use of Windows
Even the most energy efficient windows will still let some heat soak in from the sun. If you understand this simple fact, then you can make better use of windows to make your air conditioner and heater more effective. In the summer, leave curtains closed tightly over windows while the sun passes overhead. In the winter, open the curtain wide to invite the heat in and help warm the home.
Airflow Throughout the Home
Your HVAC system works by putting treated air into one side of a room and then pulling it back in through vents on the other side. When the return air vents are blocked with furniture, dust or lint, the airflow to your system is strangled. Like a dirty air filter, it reduces the efficiency of your system and harms the components.
Limit Use of Extraction Vents
Designed to pull smoke from the home and remove moisture after your shower, what vents really do is send treated air out of your home. While you need to use them while cooking and showering, you should limit the use. Shut off the stove vent as soon as you finish making the meal. When you step out of the shower, turn off the bathroom vent. Simply leaving the bathroom door open will allow the humidity to dry without reducing your HVAC’s energy efficiency levels.
Small Changes with an Electronic Thermostat
Your system will strain if you are trying to force a temperature change of more than a few degrees. It’s more cost effective to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day than it is to let the temperature vary between extreme levels. Use an electronic thermostat to maintain an even temperature with only minor changes throughout the day.
Inspect Unheated Spaces
Vent lines running through attics and crawlspaces can leak treated air into these unheated areas. Increase energy efficiency levels by sealing ducts in these areas. Special wraps are also available to insulate the pipes and make sure the treated air moves into your living areas.
These changes are easy to make, affordable and will make your system more energy efficient. In addition to lowering your heating and cooling bills, these steps will also help your heater and air conditioner last longer. Use the tips year-round to enjoy a comfortable home along with lower energy bills.
Sue Rivera, freelance writer and mother of four, is always trying to be more energy efficient to save money. After purchasing new windows and doors, the next step was to get a new furnace. Sue called the experts at Air Dynamic Solutions, offering the best heating and air conditioning Richmond Hill has to offer!