Just a Little More ‘Bearable’
Sadly, the price of nearly everything is on the rise. So, it’s more important than ever to save money where we can. Ready? Here goes!
1. Unblock and vacuum those vents.
2. Close doors and windows.
3. Clean around the outside condenser unit.
Just as dust buildup on your vents causes operational inefficiencies, debris and clutter around your outside condenser unit can cause problems, too. Keep it as clean and free of debris as possible.
4. Keep heat-generating appliances away from the thermostat.
When your thermostat is located near the stove or other appliances that give off heat, it will have trouble accurately gauging the temperature of your home. This is also true if your thermostat is in an area that gets a lot of sun. Our team of experienced Lancaster HVAC techs are experts at proper thermostat placement so your home reaches the right temperatures.
5. Fix leaks in the attic, around windows or under doors.
Air leaks are another major cause of lost efficiency and higher energy bills. You don’t want to spend money cooling (or heating) the outdoors, do you? Repair those leaks!
6. A few degrees can make a difference.
When you increase the temperature on your thermostat by a just a few degrees (up in the summer and down in the winter), you will save energy and money. A programmable thermostat can make this super easy.
7. Cover those windows.
In the summer, close curtains and blinds to block out heat during the day. Your home will stay cooler without your AC system working overtime. In the winter, open them to take full advantage of the sun’s heat and not overextend your furnace.
8. Insulate ductwork.
Protect ductwork, especially in the attic and crawlspaces, to prevent leaks and energy loss.
9. Change your air filter.
A clean air filter is an efficient, cost-saving air filter. A dirty air filter causes inefficiencies, higher energy costs and often leads to needed repairs. We recommend changing your filters at least every three months.
10. Schedule routine maintenance.