Heating and cooling in Chattanooga account for 50% to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Today’s technologies give us more options than ever when it comes to the heating and cooling systems in our homes. These technological advances also offer greater energy efficiency which can add up to big savings for homeowners. If you are looking to save some money, reducing the amount of energy expended to run your HVAC systems is a great place to start. Here are a few starting places to look over before you call an expert.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
You can save some a lot of money by adjusting your thermostat when you are not home or are asleep. The simplest way to accomplish this is to install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the times that heat and cooling turn on and off according to your preset schedule. Some even have Smartphone apps so you can make adjustments from wherever you are! A new thermostat is an easy install that most homeowners can do themselves, and can be installed in a few minutes. You can save as much as 10% per year on heating and cooling simply by utilizing a programmable thermostat to manage your settings!
How To Control Humidity & Ventilation
Controlling humidity and ventilation is a critical part of your heating and cooling, and have a big impact on the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Moisture in your home affects the efficiency of your air sealing and ventilation efforts, which in turn can create additional demand on HVAC equipment use. Maintaining good levels of humidity, and keeping airflow healthy and consistent in your home will keep your heating and cooling from having to work overtime.
Sealing Air Leaks
Some air leaks are inevitable, and even healthy, but when too much air gets into your home, the result is increases in energy consumption. Your efforts to seal up air leaks generally will have immediate payoff, and you should certainly see good results within the first year.
Maintain Your HVAC Systems
Whenever we ignore necessary maintenance and upkeep around the house, energy consumption is often impacted. Having regular maintenance, and planning for preventive care, of all HVAC units is one of the best ways to preserve the lifespan of this expensive equipment, and keep them running efficiently so they don’t use excess energy.
Simply by replacing the filter in your furnace every month or so during high-use months goes a long way in the equipment’s efficiency, improving efficiency and energy consumption by 50%.
Having a professional like Baileys Heat and Air inspect and service your equipment on an annual basis is crucial to units running efficiently, and will help you avoid emergency service repair situations. So give Baileys Heat and Air a call today or send us a message to learn more about how we can help keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly through each season.