As much as 50% of the energy used in the home goes to heating and cooling! So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can make a huge difference on the monthly utility costs. Let’s review ways to reduce those monthly bills.
1- Change air filters on a regular basis. This helps stop the restriction of air flow and lets the system work less hard thus saving energy. Change your filters monthly during the winter and summer seasons.
2- Tune up HVAC equipment yearly. Just like a car tune-up improves gas mileage, a yearly HVAC systems tune- up improves efficiency, prolongs equipment life and increases home comfort.
3- Install a programmable thermostat. Ideal for people who are out of the house for set periods throughout the week. Proper settings can save hundreds of dollars a year.
4- Seal your heating and cooling ducts. Home duct systems that move air from forced air furnaces, central air conditioners or heat pumps often waste – leak – heated or cooled air costing as much as 20% of the yearly cost. Concentrate on sealing ducting located in attics, unheated crawl spaces or garages. Double check the entire home for proper insulation levels.
5- Systems over 10 years of age should be evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. Like ourselves, a professional fully trained team and can advise you about all the possible savings and installation concerns that should be addressed plus illustrate pay back periods for any money spent!
At UGI Heating, Cooling and Plumbing we are ready to help with your energy costs and are trained to provide solutions to best assist you in the overall evaluation of your monthly energy expenditures.