Energy Saving Tips
With some simple adjustments around the house, you can easily reduce your energy consumption. Make certain to schedule annual maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment. When you contact the trained specialists from Express Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ll perform a thorough cleaning and system’s check to ensure maximum efficiency of your heating and cooling system, getting the most for your HVAC dollar.
The filter of your HVAC system is its main defense against the contamination of interior components. If clogged with dust, it will reduce airflow and limit efficiency. Make sure to clean or replace filters monthly.
Call Express Heating and Air Conditioning to inspect your ductwork. As dust and debris builds up in ductwork, it creates resistance against airflow and causes your system to work harder. Regular cleaning is essential for system efficiency.
If ducts are inadequately sealed or insulated, they contribute to needlessly high energy bills. Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling costs. Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces is a money-saving investment. If supply ducts are leaking, heated or cooled air can be lost. Unconditioned air can also be pulled into return ducts through unsealed joints. While ductwork is often ignored, it is one of the most important systems in your home.
When installing a new furnace, be sure to look at the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. This rating represents the seasonal average efficiency. While the national minimum is 78%, ENERGY STAR labeled models offer AFUE ratings of over 90%. A 90% AFUE for a gas furnace signifies an output of 90 BTUs of useful heat for 100 BTUs of Natural Gas input. For air conditioning, SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input. The allowable minimum by law is 13 for central air, but Express Heating and Air Conditioning offers models with 20 SEER.
A programmable thermostat is a convenient and simple way of saving money on utility bills. Programmable thermostats are perfect for people who are away from home during set times during the week. With proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you nearly $200 each year in energy costs. By turning your thermostat seven to ten degrees Fahrenheit from its normal temperature for eight hours a day, you’ll enjoy a 10% savings per year on your energy bill.
To defend against extreme weather conditions, insulate walls, attics and crawl spaces. Inspect closed windows and doors for leaks. During warmer months, close draperies to prevent sunlight from warming your home and utilize fans. Circulating air will make you feel cooler and allow for a higher setting on your thermostat. During winter, open draperies to take advantage of sunlight and run your ceiling fan in reverse to push warm air from the ceiling downward.
Conserving energy saves money on utility bills, and leads to greater home comfort. Express Heating and Air Conditioning has the answers you need to make your home more efficient. Call us for the most efficient solutions to heating and cooling.