Everyone wants their home to be in the best condition possible while also saving as much money as possible. While those may seem contradictory, there are things you can do that will save money AND increase the lifespan of your HVAC system!
According to Energy Star, the typical US family spends over $2,000 per year on home utility bills. Tweaking your usage can lower your energy bill by as much as 25%. Try these tips to save money and save energy!
1. Change the Air Filter:
Changing your air filter allows the air that passes through it to flow more smoothly. This increases efficiency and ultimately will save you money. Changing your air filter also helps to keep unwanted pollutants out of your home. Air filters usually cost between $2 and $10, so this inexpensive but effective tip should be put into practice!
2. Adjust Thermostat Settings:
Setting your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours (when you are away or asleep) can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10%. If you have a programmable thermostat, it can do the work for you.
3. Stop Overusing Exhaust Fans:
The fans in your kitchen and bathroom can suck out the hot or cool air in your home. While exhaust fans are important for many reasons just make sure you aren’t overusing them.
4. Seal Ducts with Metallic Tape (not duct tape!):
This is a quick fix for small leaks that won’t degrade over time. Areas to keep an eye on would be sections of your ducts where there are any kinks, bends, breaks, or disconnections.
5. Schedule a Tune-Up:
Scheduling a tune-up of your HVAC system is a small investment that will save money in the long run. By making sure your system is prepared for winter or summer temperatures your system will run smoother and any leaks or small repairs can be caught and fixed before they turn into big, expensive problems.
6. Consider Gardening:
Shading your home and windows with trees will increase home efficiency up to 10%. While you’re out there, you can also trim the plants and gutters around your HVAC unit to increase airflow for lower energy costs.
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