More than half of your monthly energy costs come from using your heating and air conditioning system. As the warmer months approach, one thing that concerns many homeowners is their utility bills. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your energy consumption down and thus prevent your energy bills from skyrocketing.
Read on for easy ways to save energy at home this spring.
Schedule an HVAC tune-up. A neglected HVAC system must work harder to meet your heating and cooling demands. As a result, it will consume more energy, and your utility bills will increase. Routine maintenance helps your equipment perform efficiently and last longer, so have your HVAC unit professionally serviced at least twice a year to keep it in good shape.
Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Heated or conditioned air can escape through the gaps and cracks around your windows and doors. Air leaks will cause your heater or air conditioner to exert more effort to reach the desired temperature, resulting in increased energy consumption. These gaps can also allow small creatures like insects to enter your home. Check these areas and seal or caulk them if necessary.
Rotate the direction of your ceiling fans. Your ceiling fan is useful during both heating and cooling months. In the summer, rotate them in a counterclockwise direction so they help deliver cool air to your living space. During the winter, they can aid in warm air distribution if they’re rotating clockwise.
Clean or replace the air filters. Clogged or dirty air filters can restrict airflow in your HVAC system, causing its performance to suffer. They’re also among the most common causes of early equipment failure. This means that regularly cleaning or replacing air filters can help you save on energy costs and extend the life of your heating and cooling system.