HVAC Tips to Keep your Utility Bill Low this Summer!
Summer is on its way and as temperatures rise, it’s likely that your utility bill will do the same as you try to keep cool in the summer heat. But you don’t have to choose between a low energy bill and personal comfort, you can have the best of both worlds! These simple tricks will help you save money without having to sacrifice your home or office’s comfort.
Use a WiFi-Enabled Thermostat
If you’re the type of person that sets the thermostat once at the beginning of each season and leaves it there for months at a time, this tip is for you! WiFi-enabled thermostats like the Venstar Color-Touch allow you to program your home’s temperature without having to do it manually every day. Fun Fact: every degree you set your thermostat above 78 degrees saves you 6–8% on your utility bill every month!
Service and Filters
You should get your HVAC system serviced every year to ensure that it is running on optimal efficiency. The more efficient your system is, the less energy it will take to cool the home, and as a result, the more money you will save! At the very least, you should change your filters every 3 months. Fun Fact: dirty ducts and old filters are the number one cause of your system losing its efficiency.
Close Doors and Windows
This is a simple tip that can actually save you big money. What’s the point of running your A/C just to let the cool air escape through opened windows and doors? Blocking gaps around window frames and door jams can save you up to 10% on your energy bill. Crazy, right?!
Proper home insulation not only keeps you cooler, but it will also keep some money in your wallet! When was the last time you had your insulation checked out? If it’s been awhile, consider this… upgrading can save you between 10 and 50% on your heating and cooling bill. You heard us right.. FIFTY percent!
While these fixes might cost you some money right now, they will definitely save you some major coin in the future, not to mention they will improve your home’s HVAC efficiency which is good for the planet as a whole. So what are you waiting for? Get these fixes done before the summer heat beats you to it!