Environmental awareness and rising fuel prices have led homeowners to look for ways to reduce consumption and lower their energy costs. With a little effort and some small changes, it is possible to get big results; here are some great tips to get you started.
- Schedule seasonal maintenance. Considering that approximately half of your energy usage goes toward cooling and heating, it makes sense to keep your HVAC equipment running as efficiently as possible. Schedule preventive maintenance in the spring and fall when contractors are less busy.
- Seal your ducts. Prevent conditioned air loss through leaky ducts by inspecting and sealing any breaks or cracks. Use only duct mastic or metal-backed tape rather than duct tape, which can break down over time. For additional savings, wrap visible ducts with insulation, focusing on those that are in unconditioned spaces such as the attic, crawlspace, garage or unheated basement.
- Choose Energy Star appliances. Consider upgrading HVAC equipment that is either underperforming or is older than 10 years of age. Replace with Energy Star qualified appliances; products with this logo have been certified to use less energy, and help lower energy costs.
- Install a smart thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help you save by allowing you to pre-program the temperature settings in your home according to your family’s schedule.
- Stay on top of filter changes. A dirty filter causes your HVAC equipment to work harder, reducing efficiency and wasting energy. A clogged filter may also cause a buildup of dirt and dust within the system and lead to costly repairs and excessive wear and tear. Change the filter regularly and more often during peak seasons.
- Choose your contractor wisely. The person installing, maintaining and repairing your equipment is just as important as the equipment itself; incorrect installation can wind up costing you as much as 30 percent more energy usage.
For more information on how to lower energy costs in your home, call the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. For more than 30 years, we’ve been providing the utmost in service and value to Grand Traverse County homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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