Winter or summer, homeowners can save energy in many ways. Oftentimes, these money-saving efforts are relatively inexpensive and easy to implement. Read on for some of the top tips for saving on home heating and cooling.
1. Install a programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one — and use it right.
A programmable thermostat alone won’t save you money, but if you program it right for energy savings, you can cut your utility bills significantly. In summer, program the thermostat so the air conditioner runs less during the times when the home’s occupants are sleeping and away; in the winter, set the thermostat down a few degrees so the heating comes on less during these times.
2. Install a ceiling fan with reversible blades.
A ceiling fan will help your home’s occupants feel cooler or warmer, depending on the season, without the need to turn the A/C down or the furnace up higher. Run the blades in a counterclockwise direction to create a breeze when the A/C is on; reverse the blades in the winter to push the heated air down from the ceiling.
3. Keep your air filter changed.
A dirty air filter will cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently. Change it regularly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Replace inexpensive fiberglass filters at least once a month; change better quality filters at least once every three months.
4. Manage the window coverings with efficiency in mind.
In the summer, close drapes, shades, blinds, shutters and skylights to keep out sunlight during the day. In the winter, open up window coverings on sunny days to allow passive solar heating. Be mindful on cloudy days in winter, however; you may want to keep the window coverings closed to keep out drafts.
5. Air seal your home.
Conditioned air can leak out and unconditioned air can penetrate your home in any season, undermining your cooling and heating efforts. Use weather stripping and caulk around doors, windows and any opening in an exterior wall.
To learn more about heating and cooling efficiently, contact Bradbury Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning of The Woodlands.