Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Habitually having your HVAC system cleaned and tuned up can improve its performance and help lower your energy costs because an HVAC system that’s properly maintained can use a great deal less energy than an HVAC system that is not. But what else should you do? We have more manageable steps you can do to revamp your Branchville home’s energy efficiency.

  1. Seal the leaks around your windows and doors. Add caulk or weatherstripping wherever you notice leaks.
  2. Insulate your walls and attic. You might equate insulation with keeping your house warm during the winter, but it also makes a difference in the summer. When it’s hot outside, heat is continually seeking cooler places—like your home. Be sure you have sufficient insulation to keep the heat from flowing through your attic and walls and decreasing your home comfort.
  3. Have your ducts cleaned. Clean ducts make it easier for air to flow through your home, which makes your air conditioner’s job simpler.
  4. While you’re at it, ensure your ducts are properly sealed to stop air leaks and insulate them if needed. If they are leaking, you are losing valuable heated or cooled air. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more critical if they are placed in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned area.
  5. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible throughout the summer. To help possibly keep your cooling bill smaller, keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures as low as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by just turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for 8 hours a day. If you turn on a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat setting by about 4°F without negatively impacting your comfort.
  6. Install a programmable thermostat. Sure, thermostats can be adjusted manually, but programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency much easier. You can automatically adjust your temperature when you’re away from home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal before you come home or wake up.
  7. If you opt not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a colder-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. Your house won’t cool down any faster and will only cost you additional money in energy.
  8. Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-generating appliances by your thermostat. This practice can cause your air conditioner to run longer than necessary because your thermostat senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooled.
  9. [Use|Utilize|Take advantage of]54] your windows. If it’s cooler at night, turn off your AC and open the windows. Shut the windows and your curtains or blinds in the morning to trap the cooler air and to hinder heat gain through the windows.
  10. 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. for a review. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can lower your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.

If you’ve got some questions about how to increase your home’s energy efficiency, think it could be time for more energy-efficient equipment or simply want to schedule a regular maintenance appointment, call Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. at 862-345-6896 and our experts can help. If it’s simpler, schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.

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