As part of October’s Energy Awareness month, we are continuing to talk about how to save energy in your home. In our previous post, we discussed the appliances you use day-to-day like your water heater, washer and dryer, and dishwasher. This week, we are going to give you five more ways to be more aware of the energy you are using, and make your home more efficient, with a focus on your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Saving Energy with your Home’s HVAC Systems
For the first 5 energy saving tips, go here.
6.) Central Air Conditioning
Have an annual tune-up on your air conditioner to check the thermostat, refrigerant, filters, and more. Use a 7-day programmable thermostat to control air usage for times when it is needed.
7.) Use or Block the Sun
Awnings, shutters or window film can reduce solar heat gain in your home in the summer. Open and close drapes as needed during any season to utilize the sun’s heat, or block cool drafts from leaky windows.
8.) Room Air Conditioning
If you have to use a room or window air conditioner, position revolving fans and ceiling fans to spread the cooled air. Keep heat emitting TV sets, lamps, or sunlight away from the air conditioner when possible.
Get a programmable thermostat and program it at 68 degrees or lower to match your comfort level and schedule. An annual tune-up on your furnace to check filters, ducts, and more can improve efficiency and reduce the chance of breakdowns. If you know that your furnace is nearing the end of it’s lifecycle, you may need to make the difficult decision of replacing or repairing the furnace. Be aware that high efficiency furnaces will be required in Minnesota after May 1, 2013.
10.) Minimize Drafts
Air leaks around your home can cause loss of heat. Use weather stripping and caulking to seal doors, windows, and other openings. Even outlets and switches on exterior walls can let your warm air escape.
Think about how much money you can save if you implement just a few of these energy saving changes. Contact Chappell Central Inc. at 320-235-2151 if we can help you with any of your heating or cooling concerns.