Heating and cooling your home accounts for almost 50 percent of the average electric bill.
This is both good and bad news.
The bad news is that heating and cooling is your largest energy expense and is likely costing you money. The good news is that with a few energy-efficient changes on your HVAC system, you can make a large impact on your expenses.
For your pocketbook and your planet alike, everyone wants their HVAC system to be energy efficient. Get started with these four easy tips.
1. Schedule Maintenance
You should schedule maintenance for your HVAC system for efficient heating and cooling.
At a minimum, you should schedule a check-up of your system once a year. For optimum efficiency, schedule maintenance at the beginning of both fall and spring.
Regular maintenance can save you from system failures throughout the season. Instead of needing an emergency repair, preventative maintenance fixes the problem before it becomes an issue.
2. Change Out Air Filters
Beyond professional, scheduled maintenance, there is one major thing you should be doing at home for an energy efficient HVAC. You should regularly change out your system’s air filters.
Most air filters recommend replacement every 30 or 60 days. Your replacement period depends on your specific air filter and HVAC system. It never hurts to change your air filter more often, especially if you notice your system isn’t working as well as it normally does.
Not only does replacing air filters improve energy efficiency and save you money, but it also improves the air quality inside your home!
3. Embrace Smart Technology
If your budget for heating and cooling is a little tight, it’s time to embrace smart technology. By installing a smart thermostat, you’ll save money and ensure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible.
Smart thermostats work by learning your schedule and temperature preferences. The technology will study your habits and then adjust for the most energy-efficient temperature based on your needs.
Not sure if a smart thermostat is the best answer for you? Check out this article that compares the different types of thermostats and their benefits.
4. Replace Old Units
If your HVAC system is 10-15 years old, it’s time to replace your old unit with a new, energy-efficient system.
If you’re thinking about an upgrade, look into both local and federal energy-saving rebates or tax credits. While an energy-efficient HVAC system may cost more up-front, you’ll save more money in the long run due to lower energy bills.
Ready to replace your system? Contact a reputable HVAC company for advice on the right system and professional installation.
Become Energy Efficient Today
Now that you know the best tips for an energy efficient HVAC system, you can start saving money and helping the environment.
Remember to schedule regular maintenance and change our your air filters. If you’re looking to invest in your HVAC system, consider switching to a smart thermostat or completely replacing your old unit.
Schedule an appointment with Taurus Mechanical today. We help homeowners in Houston, Texas get the most of their energy-efficient HVAC systems.