- Check your filter every month, especially during months of heavy use. If the filter looks dirty you should change it. Change the filter at least every 3 months because a dirty filter will slow
down airflow and make your system work harder. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system and leading to early system failure or expensive maintenance
- One of the best ways to reduce heat loss in the winter is to add insulation in your attic. If you can see your ceiling joists, you need more insulation. You should have a minimum of 12 inches of
insulation in your attic to keep the heated air inside your home.
- Protect the thermostat for your heating or cooling system from anything that would cause it to give a false reading. If the thermostat is in a draft, misplaced on a cold outside wall, or too
close to a heat-producing register, its accuracy will be compromised.
- If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years of age, its outdated and likely wasting energy. Today's home comfort systems have seen radical changes, and they are far more energy
efficient, leading to lower utility bills.
- If you won't be home for a few days you should turn the thermostat to its lowest setting. If there's no danger of pipes freezing or other household items being damaged, turn the heating system
- Indoor air quality is one of the top five health risks according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The air in your home is typically 2-5 times more polluted than outside air causing asthma
flare-ups and allergy attacks. Today, there are products that can eliminate many of these pollutants and help you breathe easier.
- The Department of Energy found that as much as 25-40% of the heating or cooling energy produced by furnace, air conditioners, or heat pumps is wasted! The reason is improperly sealed air ducts.
Whether you have flexible ductwork or metal ductwork, both can have issues which waste perfectly good conditioned air.
- The most likely source of carbon monoxide leaks in homes can be attributed to faulty furnaces. When a furnace's heat exchanger cracks, it releases harmful and potentially fatal gas into homes.
Your furnace can function with a cracked exchanger, so there are no obvious warning signs. It's recommended that a trained HVAC technician evaluate your furnace every year.
- Even the smallest amount of dirt on the coil inside a condensing unit can harm an air conditioner. It decreases the AC unit's efficiency, causing higher energy bills and increasing the likelihood
of unnecessary breakdowns. Your air conditioner should be tuned at least once a year to keep it clean and properly adjusted.
- Programmable thermostats can automatically change your home's temperature to make it more comfortable. They can raise or lower temperature to reduce energy waste and save you money. You could
save hundreds of dollars each year!
- Avoid constant thermostat adjustments, as they can waste fuel. When coming into the house after the thermostat has been turned down, don't set it higher than the desired temperature. Setting the
thermostat up very high generally will not cause the temperature to reach the desired level any faster.
- Your home comfort system is the largest energy user in your home. A great way to decrease the amount of energy it uses is to reduce the amount of conditioned air your home loses. Seal all of the
leaks around your doors and windows. The average home has leaks that amount to a nine-square foot hole in the wall.
- If your home has rooms that are seldom or never used, close the vents in these rooms and shut the doors most of the time. Make sure the rooms get enough heat to prevent mildew from growing or
contents being damaged.