New Year’s Resolution: Improve Efficiency & Save Money
It’s that time of year again! Time to take stock of the year gone by and make plans for an improved new year. Making New Year’s resolutions for your home heating and cooling can help improve efficiency and save you money. Here is a short-list for you to work towards this year:
Change Filters Regularly
Why is it so hard to remember to do this? Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your furnace or AC unit work harder (which increases your energy consumption and expenses). Dirty filters can also contribute to other maintenance issues with your units. So check your filters regularly – monthly during peak seasons – and change or clean them out when needed.
If you haven’t already done so, the time has come to switch out your thermostat and get rid of that old analog, dial on the wall. With a digital, programmable thermostat you can pre-set the time and temps for your homes – so it kicks in when it’s told to do so, and turns off as well, without you manually doing a thing. Home energy experts estimate a programmable thermostat can save you up to $200 per year in energy costs.
Schedule a Check-Up
Yearly check-ups for your furnace and AC units are the easiest and most important thing you can do to guarantee that your heater or air conditioner performs at peak efficiency. Qualified HVAC technicians inspect your units and provide necessary maintenance so you can be confident your heating and cooling needs can be met. Yearly tune-ups can also extend the life of your heating and cooling units.
Feel a draft around doors, windows or vents in your home? If so, you might be losing heated air to the outside and letting cold air into your home. As a result, your heating and cooling units are running harder than they need to be. Check your local hardware store for caulk, tape and other sealant products and spend an afternoon taking care of those leaks. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive fix that can improve your home comfort level and save you money.
Make this the year you get rid of the old inefficient furnace and AC units and replace them with a modern, energy-efficient home heating and cooling system. New systems perform at a much higher efficiency level, provide more comfortable heating and cooling, last longer, require fewer repairs and save you money on your monthly bills. What are you waiting for?
Along with the typical personal New Year’s resolutions (exercise more/eat less) try adding these simple and attainable goals to your resolutions for your home heating and cooling needs. If you can follow-through on these things, you will have a comfortable home that is running efficiently and using less energy, all while saving you money. Happy New Year!
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