As your utility bill continues to rise, especially when the season is very hot or very cold, you should take all action to reduce the cost of your energy. A HVAC or Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning system that is the correct size and does not leak is vital to controlling your energy cost. Other ways to save money is by having a service technician come out for regular cleaning and maintenance, using current technology and changing your behavior. That said, the following are some ways that you can effectively cut your energy cost for your business or home.Read this article.
Regular Maintenance and Cleaning is Important
Make sure to remember to have a HVAC technician come to your business and or home regularly to do the cleaning and maintenance. By having a technician who is well trained and experienced check your system, you can ensure it is running efficiently and fine-tuned. A qualified technician will ensure that every component is properly working and make any replacements or repairs as are needed. If your system is clean, it will not need as much energy to run, which will lower your utility bill and more than make up for the cost of the service call. It will also ensure that you will not have a premature breakdown of your system.
Repair Ducts That Are Leaking
One of the most common problems with HVAC systems in a business or home is ductwork that leaks. The best way to avoid leaky ducts that waste cool or warm air is to have a HVAC technician come out to test your system and seal any leaks.
Always remember to make sure all the doors and windows are closed in your business or home before turning up the AC or heat. Your system will run more efficiently when you stop the drafts; it will also save you money on the utility bill.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Most people only have a thermostat that will allow them to either turn the temperature down or up, but this is not the most ideal thermostat to properly heat or cool a building. Your best bet is to have a programmable thermostat installed. If you already have a programmable thermostat, you should make sure and learn the basics of its operation. A programmable thermostat can be set to start cooling your business or home an hour or two before your arrival to work or home. In this way, you can program the thermostat to provide a cool home or office when you are at work or while you are at home.
Make Use of Your Drapes and Curtains to Help You
This is a low tech, but cheap solution. You can use your curtains, blinds and or drapes to help keep your home or business cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Open your curtains in the winter to let the sun warm your house and close them in the summer to help keep the heat out. In this way, you reduce the amount of work your HVAC system has to do, thereby reducing your energy bill.
Close Registers in Rooms You do Not Use
If there are rooms in your home that you rarely use, or if there are offices spaces at your business that rarely get used, close the registers in these rooms and the doors. There is no reason to heat and cool rooms that no one is getting any benefit from. If the rooms are needed, open the registers an hour or two prior to allow the rooms to heat or cool.
Change the Filters on a Regular Basis
This is something that is often forgotten about, but if your system uses a filter, and most do to filter out any airborne particles, which helps people who have respiratory problems or allergies you will help your system work at its best by making sure the filters get cleaned regularly. Filters that go to long without being cleaned or replaced capture many contaminants causing the system to not be as efficient. A couple of good ways to remember to change your filter is by making a note on a calendar, and or setting a recurring alarm on your cell phone.
It is vital to the proper function of a HVAC system to have regular maintenance. If you have no idea when you last had a professional technician come to your business or home to maintain and clean your system, chances are good that it is well overdue. The experts at David Gray Heating & Air will be glad to come out and do any maintenance or repairs to your HVAC system including leaks, and installing a programmable thermostat so your system will run to its maximum efficiency. Feel free to call us today and make an appointment to have your system serviced and inspected.