Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s taken care of can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in energy costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to better your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless actions you can take take to improve your Manassas Park home. Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny gaps can let heat or cool air escape your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping wherever you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to avoid heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is generally connected to keeping your home warm in the cold season, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly looking for cooler spaces—like your rooms. Sufficient insulation stops heat from passing through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air moves easier through your home when your ducts are clear. That makes your air conditioner’s job easier. Make sure your ducts are accurately sealed to prevent air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Tightly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re out and about or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might feel like it will cool your home faster, but the time it takes to cool won’t be impacted. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its average 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 negatively affecting your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances around your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed 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 might be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce 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.