Tips for Energy Efficiency From Your Marietta HVAC Company
The more energy you use, the more money comes out of your bank account. That’s never a good thing. There are enough things that want a slice of your hard-earned money. Letting your AC unit or furnace run away with your cash is very unfair to other parts of your planned budget. What can you do to make your HVAC system more energy efficient? Here are some tips for energy efficiency from your Marietta HVAC company.
A Little Colder in the Winter and a Little Warmer in The Summer
Can you lower the thermostat this winter? Every degree you lower the thermostat results in a 3 percent savings in your energy bill. While no one wants to freeze, dressing a bit more for the cold will save you serious money. Try one degree first and figure out what level of temperature savings you can live with.
Flip that around and turn your thermostat up in the summer months. Your AC won’t have to work as hard and you’ll save money again with each degree you turn it up, saving you 3 to 4 percent of your bill.
It seems like everything is “smart” these days. Thermostats have joined the realm of intelligent technology, which means more money in your pocket. When you are away from your house, you really don’t need your house to be a comfortable temperature. You can program the thermostat to be warmer during the day when you are away in the summer and then have it come back on right before you get home.
It can operate in a similar way with heat when you are away in the winter, turning it down during the day. You’ll save between 5 and 15 percent, depending on how you use your programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat will pay for itself in a couple years and then you can start enjoying the savings.
Maintain that Furnace
Your furnace won’t keep going forever, but it will last a lot longer with proper maintenance.
While some maintenance can be done yourself, other furnace maintenance has to be done by a professional.
Maintenance on Your Own
Maintenance you can do yourself mainly involves checking the system for any air obstructions. This starts with checking the air filter and making sure that it is replaced every 60 to 90 days. All the air in your HVAC system goes through that filter, so checking it is really important.
Next, check the intake vents for your system. If they are blocked with dust or furniture, then they can’t allow air flow to the AC system. Clean vents with a vacuum brush and remove furniture obstructions. Then check supply vents where air is being blown out into the room. Make sure that they are also clear and not blocked in any way by furniture.
Your AC unit needs space to blow air through the coils. Go outside to your AC unit and make sure that plants are cut back 2 feet away from the AC unit. Also clear away sticks and debris from the unit. If anything obstructs the coils, then your efficiency will go down.
Professional maintenance involves an inspection check that will go over each important part of the AC system to make sure that everything is working correctly. This includes coolant checks, electrical testing, and deep coil cleaning.
Maintenance by professionals keeps your system running longer and more efficiently. Sometimes systems aren’t worth fixing. A technician will be able to tell you if fixing your old system will be cost effective or if a new, more efficient one is worth your money. If your current unit is more than ten years old, a new unit can offer 20-40% in energy savings.
Call the Experts
Life gets busy and maybe you don’t have time to check your AC. Setting up an appointment with Anytime HVAC is a great way to make sure your home is heated and cooled efficiently this year. We have a 30-point inspection checklist that we use to make sure that your HVAC is set for the year ahead. We are available 24/7 throughout the whole week. Give us a call today!