Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency

April 20, 2017

 

A HVAC system that’s well-maintained can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve performance and help save you money in electric costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some simple things you can do take to improve your Huntingburg home.

  • Secure any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny gaps can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks.
  • Use your windows. If it’s cooler at night, turn off your AC and open the windows. In the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to catch the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows.
  • Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is generally associated with keeping your home warm in the cold season, but it also helps you out in the warmer months. Heat is constantly seeking cooler locations—like your house. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from moving through your attic and walls.
  • Have your ducts cleaned. Air moves easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated.
  • Check to see your ducts are accurately sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more important if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically adjust your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed.
  • If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home at a faster rate, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll only cost yourself more in energy.
  • Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill low, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as small as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without negatively affecting your comfort.
  • Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances near your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
  • Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Dearing's Service & Solutions for an evaluation. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Dearing's Service & Solutions at 812-200-5844. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.