Heating and cooling alone make up more than 40% of your energy expenses, according to the EnergyStar program. Heating is nearly 30% of that. The more energy-efficient you can make your system, the lower your energy bills will be.
If your furnace or central air conditioning unit isn’t running quite as it used to and you’re concerned about energy efficiency and high costs, call Ambient Edge at (702) 723-4704. We can do an HVAC assessment and make recommendations for any needed repairs or energy upgrades. If necessary, we can also guide you through the process of purchasing a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.
Simple Steps to Increase HVAC Energy-Efficiency
The experienced technicians at Ambient Edge have simple tips you can try to help increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
Keep the Areas Around Your Outdoor Air Conditioner Condenser and Furnace Unit Clean
Around the outdoor unit, keep plants and bushes trimmed and away from the condenser. Keep the area free from debris, such as leaves or blowing trash. Indoors around the furnace unit, keep the area free from boxes and bins. Remember, your utility area is not a storage space.
Change Your Air Filters
The air filter has one job — sifting out bacteria, dust, dirt, and other detritus so it does not blow through the air in your home. If the air filter is not changed on a regular basis, your HVAC system has to work a lot harder to heat and cool your home.
Set a reminder on your calendar so you change the air filter on a regular basis, keep the air you breathe cleaner, and don’t burn out your HVAC system.
Don’t Block Your Vents
Keep vents throughout your home clean and accessible. Vacuuming vents helps keep the indoor air cleaner. Moving furniture, curtains, and other items allows for unobstructed airflow access throughout your home. It helps to give your heating and cooling systems a break.
Don’t Unnecessarily Heat Your Home During the Summer
Any items that produce heat, such as lamps, dryers, and ovens should be used minimally during the hottest times of the day in summer. Additionally, make sure to keep heat-producing appliances away from the location of your thermostat.
The thermostat communicates to your HVAC system when the house is heating up and the air conditioning kicks on. If you’re artificially raising the indoor temperature, your air conditioning is working double time (and you’re paying for it).
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Investing even $25 in a basic programmable thermostat can pay off big time. Simply programming it for a comfortable temperature when people are home and adjusting the indoor temperature to be closer to the outdoor temperature when no one is home, will save a great deal of energy and money.
You can also automatically adjust the temperature to be energy efficient, but comfortable during other times of the day and night.
Small, But Powerful Steps to Increase Heating and Cooling Efficiency
Some energy-efficient upgrades are smaller scale, but better left to professionals to ensure the job is done correctly.
Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Sealed
Air leaks allow for hot and cold air to enter freely into your home. Leaks also mean heated and cooled air that you paid for can exit your home instead of keeping you more comfortable. Sealing cracks and holes in commonly leaky places throughout your home can make a big difference, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
In attics, ducts, windows, doors, and garage access are all hot spots for air leakage.
Check Your Insulation
Under-insulated attic spaces are energy suckers. In addition to ensuring your home is properly sealed, having the correct amount of the right type of insulation can save you up to 15% or more on your energy bills. It also keeps your home considerably more comfortable.
Have Your Ductwork Checked
Leaky, unsealed, or damaged ducts can cause enormous amounts of energy loss and make your HVAC system work unnecessarily hard. Insulating around your ductwork is also a great way to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Properly Maintain Your HVAC System
Getting an annual heating and cooling system maintenance plan may seem like an unnecessary investment, but it can actually save you a lot of money. Having a professional regularly inspect your system can help you maintain energy efficiency and spot any small issues before they become major, expensive emergencies.
The Ultimate Way to Increase Heating and Cooling Efficiency
If your HVAC system is 15 years old or older, it is likely time to start considering replacement options. When it’s time to replace your system, talk with your Ambient Edge technician about Energy Star-certified options.
Energy Star central air conditioners use at least 8% less energy than conventional central air conditioning models. And Energy Star furnaces use between 11% and 15% less energy than less efficient models.
Energy-efficient HVAC systems save you money on heating and cooling bills and keep your home much more comfortable.
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If you’re concerned about your HVAC system, or your ductwork, home insulation, or you need additional information on how you can increase the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, call Ambient Edge at (702) 723-4704.
Our experienced technicians can perform a thorough assessment or even a formal home energy audit to let you know where your home is wasting energy and what you can do about it.