If you are a homeowner, you understand the importance of maintaining an efficient heating and air conditioning system. Whether it’s the hottest summer months or the coldest part of wintertime, you need to be sure that your home is comfortable all year long, and protected from the elements. If you can never seem to maintain that ideal temperature in your home, you may have an inefficient HVAC system. A heating or air conditioning system that is not running properly can cost you thousands of dollars in energy costs every year, so here are a few tips to help make your HVAC system more efficient.
Changing your filters regularly is one of the simplest, cost effective ways to make sure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. General ongoing maintenance is essential to keeping your system efficient, and changing filters is an important component of that maintenance. You should also call a licensed contractor to perform seasonal tune-ups, but much of the work can be done yourself. Other than changing filters, you should regularly clean condenser coils, repair steam traps and valves, and inspect ducts for any damage or leaks.
If you have any outdated equipment, you may want to consider investing in replacements. Older equipment or HVAC components that are not properly installed can be the most obvious cause of your inefficiency. You should have a professional come out to your home to inspect the condition of your equipment. If you decide to get a new system installed, be sure to hire someone capable of performing the job as efficiently as possible. You may only require a few simple repairs to get your HVAC running efficiently again.
You can also install a few relatively inexpensive components to make your indoor space much more comfortable. For instance, ceiling fans can significantly reduce cooling costs. Fans can help to better circulate the air in your home while drastically cutting down on your monthly energy costs. They can also add a bit of style to any room. You can also have programmable thermostats installed in your home to give you more control over how your system works. While most standard thermostats allow users to manually control the temperature of the space, programmable thermostats give you more control. You can program the air to turn on or off at certain times of the day, so your system won’t be running when you don’t need it, and you won’t be needlessly overspending on your energy bills.