Heating and cooling systems are necessities in modern day commercial and residential environments. We all know how frustrating it can be to come back home after a long day, only to see that the heat doesn’t turn on.
What’s even frustrating is when you’re surprised with a ridiculously high utility bill at the end of the month.
Fortunately, along with routine maintenance, there are a few other things you can do to make sure your HVAC systems work efficiently and reliably.
Who doesn’t like to save a few bucks on their bills? Here are our top 5 tips to help you save money on your home’s heating system:
Invest In an Energy Efficient Furnace
When you turn on the heat, hot air is supplied to the system through a furnace. To make sure you don’t rack up outrageous energy bills, it is important to invest in a furnace designed for efficiency and power savings.
Experts recommend using a natural gas furnace as it’s easy to operate and is also cheaper to maintain. When exploring furnace options, ask for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating to be at least 92—this way you’ll know you’re investing in an energy efficient appliance.
Seal All Leaks
Make sure that all you doors and windows are tightly shut and no warm air escapes through any cracks.
Search for leaks in the vent pipes that go through the ceiling, walls and floor and have them sealed.
It is very easy for warm air to escape through leaks and cracks. If you’ve been noticing an unusual increase in your energy bills for the past few months, it could be due to leaks.
Get your home’s windows and doors insulated so that heat doesn’t escape. Hundreds of dollars are wasted in energy costs due to poor insulation. Invest in window and door insulation to trap the warm air inside the rooms and reduce the use of heating system.
Consider switching to energy efficient glass for your windows. Also, when it’s cold, keep the shades and curtains open to keep your home warm with natural sunlight.
Regulate the Thermostat
The US Department of Energy wants you to save money on your heating bills by controlling the thermostat. You can save as much as 10% on your current energy bill by turning down the thermostat by 8 to 10 degree every eight hours.
Invest in a programmable thermostat that you can adjust while you are sleeping or not at home. You can also purchase smart thermostats that enable you to control temperature through a smartphone application while you’re away.
Keep your HVAC system well maintained. Make sure you’re cleaning out all vents regularly to prevent any buildups of dust that could block airflow. At the same time, hire a professional service provider to conduct regular inspections to ensure each part of the system is working properly.
Looking to adjust furnace settings? Need repairs done? At Florida Breeze, we are a team of experts in the Palm Bay area and we offer highly reliable heating repair and installation services. Call us at (321) 951-8767 and get your heating system evaluated.