There a many small ways you can enjoy big savings when it comes to heating and cooling your home. With a few adjustments, you’ll notice a significant difference on your utility bill. At Dayton Services we encourage our clients to employ as many energy saving strategies as possible.
Look for Energy Star
You can start by looking for the Energy Star label before choosing an HVAC system. Many of the top names in heating and cooling are recognized as superior when it comes to energy efficiency. Models carrying the Energy Star label utilize 15 to 25 percent less energy than standard models.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat adjusts automatically for times when you are typically away from home and again when you are normally in residence. That way, you aren’t heating or cooling an empty house.
It’s also best to set your thermostat’s fan switch to “auto,” so the fan only runs when your system runs. Setting the fan to “on” causes it to run constantly, even if it’s not needed, wasting energy and costing money.
Schedule Regular Tune Ups
Make sure to schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system. Seasonal check-ups keep equipment running safely and efficiently as well as catching minor problems before they lead to costly breakdowns.
Additional Energy Savers
- Use caulk or weather stripping to seal cracks and gaps around doors, windows, and siding. Check to make sure windows and doors are closed tightly and consider replacing old windows. A quick walk around your home will help spot any area where air may be leaking and costing you money.
- Use curtains, blinds and draperies to prevent the sun from overheating your house during the summer months. Open them during winter months when the sun is shining to help heat your home.
- Use fans in the summer, even if you have a cooling system. Circulating cool air refreshes everyone. Combining fans and air conditioning allows you to set the thermostat at a higher-than-normal setting. But don’t run those fans when no one is around to the enjoy them.