Below are some tips for keeping an energy-efficient home. Questions? Call us today!
Maximizing Efficiency & Comfort
Review the below suggestions for optimizing indoor comfort:
- Set the thermostat to the highest comfortable level in the summer, and the lowest comfortable level in the winter. Even a change in 1 degree makes a difference!
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature at night, or when you're away from home for longer periods of time.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed on the sunny side of the house during the day in the summer. In the winter, open the blinds to take advantage of solar heat during the day.
- Insulate attics, crawl spaces, basements, and walls.
- Keep vegetation and debris away from the outdoor unit of your system; they can block air flow.
Take an audit of your energy use! Feel around doors and windows, fireplaces, outlets, and pipes to see if you feel any drafts, and check the insulation in your attic. Drafts can make your HVAC system less efficient. Check your HVAC system. Is it older than 15 years? If so, you may be able to lower utility costs by replacing it with a new, energy-efficient system. Are you using ED lighting? This can help to reduce energy costs as well.
Are you suffering from summer humidity? Humidity levels should not be ignored, and your air conditioning system or stand-alone dehumidifier can help remove moisture from your home. Dehumidification helps prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungi dust mites, and mold.
We strongly recommend signing up for a maintenance agreement. This helps keep your HVAC system clean and running efficiently, all year long.
Consider investing in a dehumidifier. Don't turn your air conditioner off for long periods of time during the warmer months. Keep showers, tubs, sinks, and other wet areas free of standing water.