As a homeowner, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to keep lower your power bills each month. Here are three effective things you can do that will help save you money all year long:
Have the Air Ducts Cleaned and Sealed
An effective way to improve energy efficiency, reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system, and improve air quality inside your home is to have the air ducts cleaned and sealed. Cleaning the air ducts will get rid of built up debris and contaminants from inside your HVAC system so it can better filter out animal dander, cigarette smoke, and allergens from your home's air as time goes on. The process will also improve your heating and air performance while decreasing your overall HVAC running costs throughout the year. Have your service technician seal the ducts after they're cleaned to ensure that no air flow can escape your HVAC system, so it doesn't have to work so hard to perform properly. This will save you even more money on energy costs in the long run.
Update Your Windows
Another great way to save yourself some money on the costs of heating and cooling your home throughout the year is to update your windows. Start by sealing the windows where they meet the frames with caulking or spray foam insulation to minimize air leaks. After your chosen sealant dries, apply solar insulation film to the windows for improved regulation of heat loss and gain year-round. In addition to saving you some money on heating and cooling costs, the solar film will protect the floors, walls, and furniture inside your home from fading and being damage due to ultraviolet rays.
Install New Ceiling Fans
If your home isn't already equipped with ceiling fans, consider installing them in the bedrooms and other spaces in your home where household members spend a lot of time. Compared to the average HVAC system that uses a whopping 3,500 watts of power each hour to perform, a ceiling fan typically needs only 60 watts of power every hour. So even if your ceiling fans only allow you to cut down on air conditioning and heating use by just a few minutes a day, you can expect your power bills to noticeably decrease. Invest in ceiling fans that feature the ability to change direction. You can optimize the efficiency of your fans by programming them to run counterclockwise in the summer months, and clockwise in the winter.
These tips and tricks should be easy to implement and are sure to make a positive difference in both your energy efficiency and the overall performance of your HVAC system. For more information and tips, check out a company like Abbey Plumbing & HVAC, LLC today!