Energy Saving Tips

simple tips to help you save money

With the summer coming up, we thought we might share some energy saving tips that will keep your wallet full in the long run!

In one year, your HVAC equipment spends over 700,000 watts of energy. These numbers don’t have much significance until you add all of the money you spent on electricity!

We know you do not want to lose your comfort by turning off the AC. The hot summers won’t let you. We have compiled a list of tips you can follow to save energy.

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Close any Blinds and Curtains

During those hot summer days, you hardly think about this but if you keep the blinds and curtains open, it filters out that crisp cool air you enjoy in the house. The sunlight that you let in through the window competes with the cool air and wins, keeping you hotter than you would like to be. Once you feel hot, you will most likely adjust the thermostat and bring the temperature down, wasting your energy and your money. Close out the sun by keeping the blinds down and pulling the curtains together. The airflow will be consistent and your body won’t have to work hard to keep you cool, and neither will the HVAC system.

Because the cooling system is on constantly throughout the summer, the output energy can cause the system to break down, severely damaging the equipment. Whenever it’s possible, use natural ventilation to help the fresh air flow through. Open the windows to let the natural cool air in. The natural air helps balance the air in your house. It will filter out the stale air formed in the house.

Open Windows when Necessary

Change your HVAC Air Filter Regularly

Remember to change your air filter. At minimum, change it every 3 months. Any collected dust on the air filter slows down the airflow and eventually the whole system. The slowdown wastes energy, costing you more money than necessary. A clean filter prevents buildup of dust and dirt and allows for better circulation with cleaner air to keep you cool. Regular maintenance will ensure quality air around your house and will prevent significant damage to your HVAC system.

When a crack appears on your walls or the floor, seal it to prevent any leakage of air that your AC produces. You can buy sealant products at your nearby hardware store. This type of products actively ensures that any drafts stay shut, optimizing the airflow of your house. Most Importantly, inspect the windows of your house. They usually have cracks and gaps around the frame. If left unintended, the cracks grow bigger, sometimes reaching the ceiling through the wall. Don’t let that happen. It will cause significant damage to the foundation of the house, and the patch up job will reach deeper into your pockets than you will want.

Not only will you be dealing with the cost of the damage but also the cost of the wasted energy. Your wallet won’t like that! Protect yourself from this kind of damage by taking preventive measures. It will save you money and time in the long run.

Seal any Cracks or Gaps

Regulate Temperature

When we stay home all day, we, of course, want to be comfortable. During summer time, this necessity becomes essential. We blast the AC to the maximum and we relax.

But what about the days you are not off from work or you are not at home all day? Does the temperature stay the same as when you are home?

If it does stay the same, you should adjust the thermostat to a higher degree. The recommended temperature is 75 degrees. Keeping your house warmer in the day will save you energy. Once you come home, adjust to the temperature you feel most comfortable but ideally 72 degrees will optimize the air flow circulation. On average, this simple tip saves $300 in annual energy savings.

Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment

If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, you should have it looked at by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating and cooling units can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.

But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.

Here are some more suggestions for saving energy on heating and cooling:

  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Use fans during the summer to create a wind chill effect that will make your home more comfortable. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing to retain heated air.
  • Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes to prevent heat loss.
  • Heating can account for almost half of the average family's winter energy bill. Make sure your furnace or heat pump receives professional maintenance each year.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing your system.

Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. A yearly check up can maintain the HVAC systems well. And if any problems are found, they can be easily fixed and the repairs won’t cost much as when it completely breaks down.

Please call Beaufort Air Conditioning today to discuss ways to save substantial amounts of money on your annual cooling and heating costs!