There has been a big push to be eco-friendlier over the past decade, but there is more than one reason to do all that you can to make your home more energy efficient. The cost of heating, cooling, and powering a home is steep these days. The more efficient the space is, though, the lower those expenses are. So, now is the perfect time to take a look at how you can preserve energy around your home.
Change Filters People are often surprised to discover just how much money can be saved on monthly utility bills simply by changing the filters in HVAC systems. Especially in air systems, there can be multiple filters that, when built up with dust and debris, can interrupt proper air flow and make the system work harder to cool the same space. The filters do play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment, as well. When they are not regularly changed, the dust, dirt, pet dander and other contaminants can be released into the ducts and fed directly into the air that you breathe.
Clean and Inspect Refrigeration Air conditioners (whether permanently installed and window units) get dirty and do feel the effects of regular wear and tear. It is important to have them regularly cleaned and inspected to ensure that they are doing the job that they are meant to do. It’s not just your air conditioners that can benefit from this attention though. You should also take the time to clean the refrigeration coils of your refrigerator. The dirty coils can make it more difficult for the appliance to maintain the preset temperatures. That means more energy usage and higher electrical bills.
Consider Sensors and Controls We’ve mentioned on this blog, numerous times, that there are sensors and controls, as well as inspection equipment, that can be used to greatly improve the efficiency of your home and your HVAC equipment. Your technician can inspect your home seeking air leaks around windows, doors, and elsewhere. Properly installed sensors and controls can be used to reduce the run time of your HVAC equipment, and smart thermostats can be used to reduce the burden on HVAC equipment during the hours that the space is unoccupied.