With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought we’d cover a few of the top ways you can actually LOVE your energy bill.
Here are a few ways to save on energy costs so that you don’t even mind when that next energy bill comes:
Wear more layers inside. It’s amazing how much socks can warm you up! That’s not always going to be a solution, but consider wearing an extra sweatshirt or just another layer inside the office or at home. This way, you (or other people!) aren’t tempted to crank up the thermostat and increase your energy consumption.
Get the airflow going. Bottom line: anything you can do to improve ventilation and airflow can mean more energy efficiency in the home.
Keep vents open and clear. We’ve been in many homes where people have closed vents thinking they are helping to get more heat in other areas of the home. But typically when you close a vent, you’re impacting the flow of air throughout the house, and not in your favor.
Also make sure your vents (and radiators) aren’t covered by things like rugs or furniture. That can also work against any kind of free airflow, which can mean your HVAC has to work harder and more energy will be used to do so (1, 2, 3).
Program your thermostat. A simple way to say up to 20 percent on your energy bill is to utilize your programmable thermostat so that you only heat (or cool) your home when you really need to (1).
Drop temperatures when you’re away. If temperatures drop when you aren’t at home or if they drop just a bit while you are sleeping, you can save major dollars. An estimate of just how much: in general, you can save 1 percent on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat over an 8 hour period of time (1).
Have your furnace maintained by a professional. Preventative maintenance every fall and spring helps your system work optimally. HVAC maintenance helps to make sure you do all you can to prevent future problems, too. We inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit and we make sure it’s performing as efficiently as it can.
Change out your air filters. Changing your air filters will protect your heating and cooling system, and it allows it to last longer. If you’re filter is clean, your HVAC can work optimally. On the other hand, if it’s dirty, it restricts the airflow and it makes your HVAC actually have to work harder to get the same amount of work done.Not only does it have to work harder—and may or may not be able to still heat your house the same way.
How does this happen? Say that your filter is dirty or has debris blocking the optimal airflow. With reduced airflow, it means there’s less pressure across your blower. And, in turn, typically the air pressure can be imbalanced throughout your home as a result! In short, not only is your system working inefficiently and ineffectively, but the actual comfort in your home is impacted, too.
Check the indoor air quality. “Good” indoor air quality is an environment that has comfortable temperatures and humidity, adequate ventilation, adequate exposure to fresh outdoor air, and a lack of pollutants.
Poor indoor air quality, on the other hand, happens when the HVAC isn’t working as it should OR when there are so many contributing environmental factors you need more in place to help manage the pollutants/particles in the air.
Poor indoor air quality has been linked to asthma, allergies, lung issues and cancer, heart problems, and skin irritation…but it also will increase your energy consumption because of the impact on your system.
A couple quick things you can do: Remove the source (or minimize the source.) For instance, one of the most common indoor pollutants is tobacco smoke. It’s a good idea to prohibit smoking inside the building and also to confine the designated smoking area to a place outdoors far away from the building’s door.
You can also install a high efficiency air filter to combat indoor contaminants. Another option, among others: it might be time to consider a UV germicidal light. This will help kill the bacteria and viruses that travel through your ductwork. Keeping them out of your ductwork means that they won’t ever reach the indoor air.
Turn OFF the exhaust fans. You read that right. Unless you tend to have a moisture problem in your home, leaving your exhaust fans (like in the kitchen on in the bathroom) OFF can actually allow more moisture to stay in the air and it can work to keep IN the hot air that you want to remain in the home.
With that said, you don’t always want to do this without talking to us first because it impacts indoor air quality, too.
Invest in new windows. If it’s already the right time for you to get new windows, then it might be time to do so if you want to reduce your energy consumption. New windows can help to increase the value of your home and they can look nice.
They can also reduce energy costs, but it’s a long-term investment that doesn’t pay off quickly. The takeaway is, if you were already looking to do it, your energy bill will be positively impacted by that new insulation, caulking, and sealing (2).
HVAC Experts That Can Help You Lower Your Energy Bill
You’re not alone in the fight for a lower energy bill, and we’re here to help you do just that. With options like high-performing HVAC systems, top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, energy audits, and much more, we have the tools (and knowledge) to ensure your HVAC is performing optimally.
Schedule service with us online or call the HVAC experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible this fall: 859-491-4915.