During the summer months, people turn to their homes to get a break from the high temperatures across the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, energy bills can easily skyrocket if you’re not carefully monitoring your thermostat and other household habits. To lower your energy bills this summer, implement the following tips.
1. Change HVAC Air Filters
At a minimum, it’s best to change air filters once every three months. If you own pets, consider changing the filters more often. Even though the air filters are meant to trap dust, pollutants, and allergens, if they’re not changed consistently, they become clogged. Clogged air filters make the HVAC system work harder to push air through. When the HVAC system uses more energy, this increases the amount you’re billed. By changing the air filters routinely, you’ll ensure clean air pumps freely and easily throughout the home.
2. Lower Your Water Heater’s Temperature
Lower the temperature of your water heater in order to lower your water heating costs. For optimal results, set the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you leave it at the default temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll pay more for standby heating losses. According to the Department of Energy, this 20-degree change in temperature can result in savings of more than $400 per year.
3. Limit Direct Sunlight Access
While sunlight is nice to enjoy during the summer months, it also heats up the rooms in your home. As the sunlight generates heat, your air conditioning exerts more energy to bring the rooms to your desired temperature. Instead, hang blackout curtains to completely block the sunlight. If you want to enjoy sunlight without feeling intense heat, open the blinds and curtains in the rooms that don’t receive direct sunlight. Typically, north-facing windows allow the least amount of direct sunlight, taking into account that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
During the summer months, there’s no reason to keep the temperatures inside your home frigid if you’re not around. By using a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to schedule the time you’re coming home so your HVAC system can adjust accordingly. This method is cheaper than moving the thermostat around every few hours. Plus, it’s more convenient.
5. Install a Ductless Heating and Cooling System
Ductless heating and cooling systems are especially beneficial for those who constantly receive high utility bills. This is because these systems tend to result in lower energy costs than other options. To persuade potential customers to try a more energy-efficient route, many manufacturers and utility companies offer various rebates on the installation of a new ductless heating and cooling system. Depending on the type of ductless system or heat pump you purchase, rebates can amount to thousands of dollars.
6. Maintain or Replace Your Existing HVAC System
If your HVAC system is getting older, it might not be time to replace it just yet. Instead, prioritize its maintenance. By scheduling routine maintenance checkups, professionals can catch problems such as a dirty condenser, a tripped breaker, or a malfunctioning thermostat.
Once you’re aware that your HVAC system is on its final stretch, thoroughly research and look for a more efficient option. An energy-efficient model is a great investment to help keep monthly energy bills as low as possible. Even with a new HVAC system, always be aware of how often it requires maintenance. The more routine maintenance you perform, the more efficiently your HVAC equipment should run.
7. Seal Ducts
If you’re dealing with a leaky duct system, your energy bills might be 20 to 40% higher than normal. By sealing up gaps and cracks in your ducts, you’ll help your system exert less energy. You should also notice a more even temperature throughout the house. This is usually a one-time job that will make a big difference in your home’s efficiency.
Utilize Professional Services
Putting these different measures in place can help increase the efficiency of your home, decreasing your energy bills. In the case of replacing an HVAC system, you’ll spend more money upfront. However, you’ll save money in the long run if you invest in the right equipment. Looking for more information on keeping your home cool this summer? Turn to our Chill Out This Summer blog!
When you need professional assistance with your heating equipment, cooling system, or things like indoor air quality and water quality, contact WK Mechanical, Inc. to find out more about how we can help you.