Saving money is the most important thing to many homeowners. And so, when they need service for their air conditioning and heating systems, people often call around to different HVAC SERVICE COMPANIES, looking for the one that offers the lowest price on any particular service or installation.
But is this really a wise way to save money on heating and cooling? When it comes to services like these, you usually get what you pay for. When a company’s pricing seems too good to be true, it usually is; they may upcharge when they get on the job or do a poor service that does not hold up for very long. Instead, we recommend finding a contractor with a reasonable service fee and using these tips to save on heating and cooling instead!
SEAL UP YOUR HOME
There are most likely a number of minor leaks around your home. They may seem like nothing much, but studies have shown that in the average home (depending on age, size, and construction materials) these leaks can add up to be about the size of a basketball! That can result in a large amount of air loss that drastically increases your bills.
This is something that could be resolved as part of a weekend project. The hardest part is finding the leaks. Look around doorways and windows as well as plumbing pipes that lead to the outdoors. Replace worn weather stripping and use caulk to seal up small holes.
Insulate your home to keep heated air in during winter and to keep the heat out in the summer. In our area, heat can get trapped in a home quite easily in the summertime, and running the air conditioner nonstop seems to be the only way to solve the problem. Insulating your home properly (which may mean updating older insulation) is a way to keep heat from transferring indoors so easily in the summer, just as it helps to keep heat in during cold weather.
UPGRADE THE THERMOSTAT
Your older thermostat might work just fine, but that doesn’t mean it’s doing you any favors in terms of efficiency. Replace the wall thermostat with one that connects to your smartphone so that you can check energy usage, adjust temperatures, and shut off the AC or heater from anywhere! At the very least, we recommend upgrading an older manual thermostat with one that has digital, programmable settings so you can set efficient temperatures in advance.
CHANGE THE FILTER
Changing the air filter is one of the easiest ways to save energy, but it’s so often neglected. A filter that’s too clogged up with dirt and debris can keep airflow from moving through the system, which results in an overworked and overheated system that uses more energy than is necessary. You should be changing the filter every 1-3 months.
SERVICE YOUR EQUIPMENT
Finally, it’s important to schedule regular service for your heating and cooling equipment with professional technicians. They can complete an inspection and tasks like cleaning coils or adjusting electrical connections to make sure equipment runs as smoothly as possible. We recommend maintaining your air conditioner in early spring and your heater in the fall, which is a lot easier when you join our maintenance program.