Don’t waste money
Keeping your home at a steady, comfortable climate all year round is something all homeowners want to do. However, heating and cooling your home costs money. In fact, according to The Department of Energy, it costs more to heat and cool your home than any other system in your home. These bills total 48% of your energy bills. That’s why it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is up to date and working properly. Otherwise, you could be throwing money out the window every season – literally. Read on to learn some easy to apply tips to help you keep your energy costs low during our crazy Green Bay climate.
- The Thermostat – You can raise your lower your thermostat when you’re sleeping or when you’re away from home, but keep it steady the rest to the time. This will keep the temperature at an even, comfortable degree all the time and you’re system won’t have to work as hard, thus saving you dollars on energy costs in the long-term.
- Keep Equipment Clean – Clean filters on a regular basis and replace them at recommended times. On average, filters require monthly cleaning. Follow recommended guidelines for the proper time to replace them. These include filters air conditioner and on furnace filters. Keep other equipment clean as well, such as baseboard heaters and radiators. Be sure they are free of collected dust and debris. These small obstructions can prevent proper air flow. When this happens, you might find yourself playing with the thermostat when all it takes is a few minutes to clean radiators and baseboards.
- Remove Obstructions – Remove any obstructions from baseboard heaters and radiators, such as drapes or furniture. These things get in the way of good air flow and just like the example above, you may find yourself unnecessarily playing with the thermostat instead of clearing all paths for optimum air flow.
- Block Out The Sun – Block out the sun’s heating affects during the day by keeping blinds closed or curtains drawn. But if you love having the sunlight streaming through, consider installing sunshades on all your windows. They keep the heat out and the light in.
- Let There Be Light – During the winter keep the south facing window’s shades open to let in the warm sun. You can keep the other shades open or closed according to your preference.
- Shut Off The Exhaust – Turn off exhaust fans after you cook or bathe. These use a lot of energy to suck up hot steam. The Department of Energy recommends shutting them off within 20 minutes of finishing your activity.
- Give your Air Conditioner System a Thorough Inspection – By keeping your air conditioner in tip-top shape, you’ll be saving yourself some serious energy dollars. You can choose to do this DIY style or call in a professional. We recommend a professional to do the job because they are trained to do this. So unless you know a lot about HVAC systems, leave it to the professionals. Upon inspection, the HVAC professional will remove debris from the system, clean the system out, including the fins, the evaporator coil, plugged evaporator drain, and the area around the unit. They will make sure the unit is level. When a unit is not level, this can cause the compressor to fail. They will also change the blower filter. Then they can move on to the furnace.
- Check your Home for Leaks -If you have an older home, it’s possible there are small leaks in the window sills or other places that are letting hot or cold air in and out of your home. Take a look around your house, check the attic, basement, crawl space and seal up any air leaks you find. If you don’t want to do this yourself, call in a professional for an energy audit. They will examine your home and tell you where you need to update to prevent air leaks.
In our modern days, there is no reason to not be comfortable in your home. It shouldn’t be too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. By following these tips outlined above, you’ll have your home’s climate perfect and your energy bills under control.