Can you believe it? It’s almost 2014. While you’re making resolutions to improve yourself, don’t forget to make goals to improve your home. Some of those things may be ways to maximize energy efficiency and save you money – which in turn will make you a happier homeowner throughout the year.
Schedule a Checkup with an HVAC Technician
This is the only way to be sure your furnace and air conditioning units are operating at their best. Qualified HVAC technicians will inspect your systems and make suggestions on maintenance so your units will last as long as they possibly can.
Change Filters Regularly
Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your furnace or AC unit work harder, resulting in higher energy bills. So check your filters often - monthly during peak seasons - and change or clean them out when needed.
Seal Windows and Doors
If you feel a draft in your home, there’s probably a space around your windows or doors where cold air is coming in and heated air is going out. Spend a day or so checking for air leaks, and seal them up with caulk or tape. You’ll be surprised how much lower your bills will be.
It’s time to get rid of the analog dial on the wall. A digital, programmable thermostat will let you pre-set the time and temps for your homes so it kicks on and turns off when it’s told to do so. And aside from its convenience, a programmable thermostat can save you up to $200 per year in energy costs.
Replace Old Units
Make this the year you switch out old inefficient furnace and AC units with modern, energy-efficient systems. New systems provide more comfortable heating and cooling, last longer, require fewer repairs and will save money on monthly bills.
We at 72 Degrees hope you have a safe and Happy New Year. Let us know how we can help you reach your goals for your home in 2014.