Like many Brooksville, Florida, residents, you care about how much you spend on your home energy costs. In addition, you want to make sure your HVAC system operates as efficiently as possible to help you save energy and money. You can improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency today by changing air filters monthly, scheduling seasonal HVAC system maintenance, and maximizing your thermostat usage.
Change the Air Filter
Dust and pet dander are common allergens present in your home. Your HVAC system’s air filter traps these allergens before they make their way into the air. Over time, dust and other debris can build up and restrict airflow through the filter. When this buildup occurs, your HVAC system has a difficult time sending air through the ductwork into the rooms of your home. As a result of the stress placed on the system, parts could malfunction, resulting in a system breakdown.
By changing the air filter each month, you can extend the life of your HVAC system, benefit from improved indoor air quality, and keep your home energy costs in check.
Schedule Seasonal HVAC System Maintenance
Performing seasonal HVAC system maintenance is one of the easiest ways you can improve your system’s energy efficiency. We recommend scheduling a spring service appointment to get your air conditioner in shape for summer and a fall service appointment to prepare your heating system for winter.
During an HVAC system maintenance visit, our technicians will do the following to ensure your system is operating efficiently:
- Verify that the thermostat settings are correct.
- Inspect all electrical connections within the system.
- Lubricate moving parts.
- Check that all system controls are working the way they should.
HVAC system maintenance also gives us the chance to repair any problematic parts we find so that you don’t have to worry about a system breakdown.
Maximize Your Thermostat Usage
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save money on energy costs during the winter if you lower the thermostat when you’re asleep or away from home. Sixty-eight degrees is comfortable when you’re at home and awake. During the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping the house warmer when you are away.
If you don’t have one, consider installing a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature in your home according to a predetermined schedule. This thermostat can be helpful if, for example, you forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving the house. You can also program the thermostat to warm or cool your home to your desired temperature at specific times of the day, such as before you arrive home from work. By maximizing your thermostat usage, you can boost your HVAC system’s energy efficiency.
Improve Home Insulation
Poor insulation can cause a loss of conditioned air in the home. An attic can account for the greatest heat loss in a house, so make sure it is insulated well. Don’t forget about openings for ducts, outlets, and pipes that can contribute to heating and cooling loss in a home. Improving your home’s insulation can help you keep the conditioned air your HVAC system produces inside your home.
Pay Attention to Airflow
Once your HVAC system delivers cool or warm air to registers and vents in your rooms, you must make sure this air is distributed efficiently. Any obstruction can impede airflow, which can make your HVAC system work harder to cool and heat your home. To maximize airflow, avoid blocking registers and vents with furniture or other objects.
If you own an older home without air return vents, be careful about closing doors. Closed doors don’t give the air the chance to return to your HVAC system. As a result, the return-supply cycle is disrupted, your HVAC system works overtime to compensate, and you end up with uneven warm or cool spots throughout your home.
To schedule HVAC maintenance, contact Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating. Call us today at (727) 877-3189 to make an appointment and learn about more energy-efficient solutions for your HVAC system.
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