A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use much less energy than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve efficiency and help save you money in energy costs. Thankfully, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless things you can do take to improve your Odessa home.
- Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny breaches can let heat or cool air disappear from your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping every place you find leaks.
- Use your windows. If it’s cooler when the sun goes down, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to avoid heat gain through the windows.
- Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually associated with keeping your home comfortable in the winter, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly seeking cooler spaces—like your home. Sufficient insulation stops heat from going through your attic and walls.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are open. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated.
- Check to see your ducts are correctly sealed to prevent air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more vital if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned area.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed.
- If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home at a faster rate, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy.
- Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without changing your comfort.
- Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances around your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
- Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning for an evaluation. It might be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.
If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning at 432-237-0168. Our experts can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.