4 Steps for Heating and Cooling More Efficiently
Roughly half of what you spend on energy every year goes toward keeping your home comfortable. Taking a proactive approach to heating and cooling more efficiently can help you keep these costs under control. You can start with the following steps:
- Keep your HVAC equipment properly maintained. By scheduling a spring tuneup on your air conditioner and a fall checkup on the furnace, your entire system can be optimized for energy efficiency. Regular preventative maintenance can also catch small issues before they result in costly repairs and lower your risk of unexpected equipment failures.
- Check your HVAC filter monthly during the heating and cooling seasons. Change or clean the air filter whenever it looks dirty. The reduced airflow that results from a clogged filter makes your HVAC system system work harder to heat or cool your home effectively, plus it requires more energy. A dirty air filter also lets dirt and dust accumulate on your system’s components, which can cause damage and shorten their life expectancy.
- Have a programmable thermostat installed. Use it to schedule automatic temperature adjustments at night and during the day if you’re away from home. Raising or lowering your target temperature by a single degree, according to the season, can reduce your yearly energy consumption by 5 to 8 percent.
- Seal and insulate ductwork. The conditioned air that escapes from leaky, uninsulated ductwork results in considerable energy losses, especially when the ductwork runs through areas like the attic, basement, garage or crawl space. To improve your system’s efficiency by 20 percent or more, seal the seams and connections using metal-backed tape, and then wrap the ducting in insulation.
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to think about a replacement. Talk to your HVAC pro about a whole-home approach that addresses air sealing, insulation and the ductwork system, and ask about the benefits of Energy Star-rated equipment.
For additional information on heating and cooling more efficiently in your home, contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the home comfort needs of greater Cincinnati area residents since 1910.
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"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
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