A HVAC system that’s well-maintained can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve efficiency and help save you money in utility costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to better your house’s energy efficiency. Here are some easy steps you can take to improve your Manassas home.
- Seal any leaks around your windows and doors. Even miniscule cracks can let heat or cool air disappear from your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping every place you find leaks.
- Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your your HVAC system and open the windows. After you get up in the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to prevent heat gain through the windows.
- Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually connected to keeping your home warm in the winter, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly looking for cooler locations—like your house. Sufficient insulation stops heat from going through your attic and walls.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job simpler.
- Make sure your ducts are properly sealed to prevent air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned room.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will get back to normal when needed.
- If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy.
- Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill inexpensive, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as little as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without impacting your comfort.
- Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re placing lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
- Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Woody's Sudden Service Inc for an check up. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can lower your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.
If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Woody's Sudden Service Inc at 703-278-2036. Our experts can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.