Your HVAC system most likely draws more energy than any other item in your home. That’s why it’s in your best interest to ensure that it runs in the most efficient manner at all times, and that conditions in your home support this effort.
You will save considerably on your utility bills for years to come if you choose the most efficient HVAC system you can afford when it comes time to replace your current model. This includes selecting a model tested and rated by the government’s Energy Star program, which issues reports on the efficiency of a wide selection of appliances, including HVAC systems.
But what else can you do to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC system, whether it’s a brand new model, or the trusty old war horse you’ve been running for the last 10 years?
Here are some suggestions:
Making Your Home and HVAC System More Efficient
- Change your air filter regularly. A dirty air filter will impede air flow, causing your air conditioner or furnace to work harder to attain a comfortable temperature.
- Get preventative maintenance . Bi-annual maintenance can alert you that parts are wearing out or broken, so you can get repairs as needed and keep your A/C and furnace running efficiently.
- Repair leaking ductwork. Leaks or cracks in your ductwork will allow conditioned air to escape in your attic, basement, or under your home depending on where it is located. Your HVAC contractor will inspect your ductwork when they perform your maintenance tune ups twice a year.
- Seal air leaks. Over time, your home will develop cracks that will allow conditioned air to leak out. Add insulation, weatherstripping or caulk wherever air might be seeping out: around door and window frames, and from holes through exterior walls, such as electric switches, electric lines and plumbing.
- Install a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. You can set the system for less energy use during times when you’re sleeping or away from home.
To get the most efficient performance from your HVAC, contact Jackson and Sons. Serving Eastern North Carolina for more than four decades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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