Your heating and air conditioning unit can be the most powerful tool in your home when it comes to lowering your energy bill. At Donley Service Center, we’ve been serving the Valley’s HVAC service needs for nearly four decades. We’ve come up with a few helpful pointers so you can make the most out of your unit’s efficiency.
Buying a New AC
While air conditioners are more efficient than ever before, there are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure you are maximizing the potential to seriously lower your energy bill. A good installation company will not only take measurements of your home, but look for areas that are currently costing you.
Maybe your windows aren’t sealing properly or your duct work has leaks. The installation team should also make sure the unit recommended is exactly the right size to suit your needs. Air conditioning and heating units that are too small or too large will both end up using too much power and costing you money.
Improve Your Existing HVAC
Even if you are not in the market for a new heater and air conditioner, you can still make sure yours is performing to the peak of its potential and lower your energy bill. The first and easiest step is to change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter can lead to all sort of problems is left unaddressed. The immediate impact is the impediment of air flow, which forces your HVAC to work harder just to make your home more comfortable. Over time, it can lead to larger issues that become more expensive to fix.
We also recommend having your unit serviced twice a year. Routine maintenance performed by a professional will help ensure everything is working as it should and any small issues are handled before they become larger ones.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Simply setting your thermostat and leaving it at a constant temperature is never a good idea if you are serious about seeing a lower energy bill. During the winter months, set you thermostat for a lower temperature when you will be away from home. It won’t hurt to kick it down a couple degrees before bed either. After all, you’ll be wrapped up in a nice warm blanket anyway.
During the summer months, simply raise the temperature a few degrees while you are away. Research shows that simply adjusting your thermostat for eight hours a day can save 15% on your energy costs.