With rising energy costs in Western North Carolina, many homeowners are preparing for their increased electric bills. However, with a few simple steps, it’s possible to save money on heating and air costs all year round. Here are some tips for reducing your energy bills in each season:
- Upgrade your HVAC system: If your heating system is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace it with a more energy-efficient model. Financing options are often available to make the investment more affordable.
- Install a programmable thermostat: This allows you to set a schedule for when your heating system will run, so it’s not wasting energy when you’re not at home or sleeping.
- Seal air leaks: Drafty doors and windows can cause your heating system to work overtime. Check for air leaks around your home and seal them with weather-stripping or caulking.
- Use your ceiling fan: By switching your ceiling fan to run clockwise, you can push warm air down from the ceiling and circulate it throughout the room.
- Clean or replace air filters: This will ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently and won’t waste energy.
- Use natural ventilation: Open windows and doors on mild days to let fresh air circulate through your home, rather than relying on your air conditioning system.
- Schedule routine maintenance: Spring is the perfect time to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system and make any necessary repairs.
- Use a programmable thermostat: Just like in the winter, setting a schedule for your air conditioning system will save you money on energy costs.
- Use shades and curtains: Close blinds and curtains during the day to keep the sun’s heat out, and open them at night to let cooler air in.
- Use ceiling fans: Running your ceiling fans counterclockwise will create a cool breeze that can help you feel more comfortable without turning down the thermostat.
- Schedule maintenance: Before the winter heating season starts, have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system and make any necessary repairs.
- Use natural ventilation: On cool days, open windows and doors to let fresh air circulate through your home, rather than relying on your heating system.
- Check your insulation: Make sure your home’s insulation is in good condition to prevent heat from escaping.
By following these tips, you can save money on heating and air costs throughout the year. And with financing options available for upgrades to your HVAC system, you can make your home more energy-efficient without breaking the bank. Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC professionals and start saving on your energy bills.