The average home’s HVAC system accounts for up to 75% of the energy bill. So, cutting costs on HVAC expenditures stands to save you a good sum of money. Furthermore, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort in order to reduce your energy bill. Here’s how to have the best of both worlds:
Seal Your Home’s Envelope
Heat gain and loss through your home’s envelope greatly affects your energy bills and makes cutting costs difficult. Seal up your home and you are bound to save energy and be more comfortable. Use weatherstripping around access doors. Weatherstripping and caulk may also be used for windows. Furthermore, make sure your attic is sealed at the attic door and at any protrusions into the attic.
Increase Insulation Levels
Attics are notorious for heat gain and loss. Measure the insulation. For fiberglass rolls and loose-fill, there should be approximately 15 to 18 inches if you want to reach the highest recommendation of R-60, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Attic insulation is a great way of cutting costs.
Use a Wi-Fi Thermostat
Maintain consistent temperatures during comfort and energy-saving hours. This is most easily achieved with a programmable thermostat. Additionally, if you install a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can utilize remote access from your smartphone or computer for complete functionality.
Watch Your Thermostat Settings
The temperatures you choose greatly affect your energy bills too. Use comfort settings of 75 to 78 degrees during the cooling months and 68 to 70 degrees during the heating months. During sleeping hours and hours you’re away from home, cutting costs is easier by ramping up and down the temperature 5 to 10 degrees, respectively. Again, this is easiest with a programmable thermostat.
Stay on Top of Routine Maintenance
Change your HVAC air filter once a month or as indicated by the manufacturer. Running a clogged filter can reduce HVAC efficiency by up to 10%. Moreover, for cutting costs on your energy bill, schedule semiannual maintenance with your HVAC contractor.
For help with regard to any of these tips for cutting HVAC costs, contact us at CCAC today.