The high cost of fuel makes the need for saving energy more critical than ever. The little things you do around your house can make a difference in what you pay to heat or cool the roomsin your home. Saving energy is good for our country as well as the planet. With just seven tips for energy savings, you will lower your bills by making your home, and therefore, your HVAC system more efficient:
- Tip #1 – For energy savings is probably the most basic. Replace the filters on your HVAC system every 3 months, and even more frequently during high-use seasons or if you have pets. When a filter clogs, the unit must work harder to keep up with the demand. This uses more energy and puts more stress on your equipment thus shorten the life of your equipment or causing costly repairs.
- Tip #2 – Keep your windows locked. This forces the window to close fully. When the window seals are not tight, warm air seeps out and cold air pushes in.
- Tip #3 – Block the open space under a door with a rug or towel. This small opening lets the cold into the room. Roll up a towel or rug and keep it near each door especially during a very cold period of time in the winter months.
- Tip #4 – Let the sun help heat your room. As a general rule, in the daytime, keep the curtains open during the winter and closed during the summer months. The makes the most efficient use of the sun’s energy to help heat and cool your home. In the winter, close the curtains after nightfall.
- Tip #5 – Clean the vents. A blocked vent has the same effect as a dirty filter. The harder the furnace works, the more energy it burns.
- Tip #6 – Put on a sweater or add a blanket before you decide to change the thermostat. Get in the habit of covering up during the winter months and keep the thermostat set at 68 degrees during the day and 60-63 degrees at night will dramatically reduce your heat bill.
- Tip #7 – Do a home inspection and perform a routine preventative maintenance on your HVAC systems in the spring and fall of each year. Look for gaps between the windows and doors that might let in cold air.
If you have any questions about these tips for DFW geothermal energy savings, or any issues involving your home heating, cooling or ventilation, don’t hesitate to call us at Crawford Services, Inc. in DFW. We serve DFW with pride.