09 Feb 5 Ways to Get Better HVAC Energy Efficiency
Being comfortable at home is a necessity and the best way to ensure maximum comfort is through professional equipment that you can depend on. Having a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is highly efficient is incredibly important to stay comfortable all year long at home.
To ensure your system has longevity and is running as best as possible you’ll want to make sure you are scheduling regular service appointments and are doing your part to take care of your HVAC in between appointments. Keep reading to learn some recommended practices to get the best energy efficiency possible.
Use a programmable thermostat
When you use a programmable thermostat to adjust and set the temperature in your home, you can cut costs by up to 5%. These thermostats also help you make the most of your energy efficient unit by only signaling to the system to turn on depending on the time of day and temperature in the room. By giving your system a break when you don’t need it to be on, you can help decrease your utility bills while also taking some of the stress away from the system itself.
Want to save even more? According to energy.gov, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
Be mindful of curtains and doors
Do you have a room in your home that you don’t use often or a blind/curtain that you don’t need to have open all the time? In the summer, try closing these to help cut down on the work your system has to do so you can keep your home cool. In the winter, opt to open the curtains that cover sunny windows to allow some sunlight to come through and naturally heat your home. Being mindful to use the heat outside in an efficient way can help take some of the pressure off of your system.
Schedule regular maintenance appointments
Regular maintenance appointments can be a game changer to making sure your equipment is well taken care of and performing as best as it can. With a professional company that has a team of experts on call, you can rest assured that they will inspect every inch of your system to make sure it’s in working order and help you identify any potential issues before they become too costly.
Keep an eye on air filters
It’s important to make sure you’re checking your air filters regularly so you can replace them when they get too clogged with dust, dirt, and other kinds of debris. When you have a dirty air filter, your system is forced to work on overdrive which, over time, can have a damaging effect. Replacing dirty air filters with clean ones helps your system work as efficiently as possible.
Invest in a new system when necessary
Once you’ve exhausted all options and suspect it’s time to get a new HVAC system, you’ll want to consult a professional company like OSI Comfort Specialists to help. Major repairs can be costly, and when equipment is old and/or not taken care of properly, the bills can add up fast. When you replace any old systems with a new efficient HVAC unit, you’ll notice a difference right away in your comfort level at home. In addition, you’ll see a cost reduction on your next energy bill.
To discuss HVAC services or new systems with a specialist on your team, give us a call at 516-763-1400 today! We are located in Oceanside, NY and are proud to serve the surrounding areas of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Brooklyn.