One of the biggest obstacles to saving on monthly bills is your heating and cooling system. Air conditioning costs account for a high percentage of your energy bills, and it’s just one more thing that makes it difficult to achieve a New Year’s resolution of saving money in 2016. We’ve got a few tips that might make it easier, and we’re always around to give helpful advice. Take a look!
Set Your Calendar
Any good HVAC technician will tell you that changing your filter regularly is crucial to the performance of the system. When the air filter is blocked, air cannot get into the system easily, which means the unit cannot perform the way it is designed. Clogged filters mean higher bills, and changing the filter each month is a good way to keep them low. If you’re serious about energy efficiency in the new year, schedule time on your calendar now so that you remember to change the filter each month.
Join a Maintenance Program!
One of the easiest ways to save on your monthly heating and cooling costs is to sit back and let technicians do the work! Regular maintenance visits help to improve the condition of your system, with a tune-up and cleaning that allow the parts to run smoothly and efficiently and may give your system a longer life. Join a maintenance plan to get 1-2 tune-ups per year.
Upgrade Outdated Equipment
Finally, we recommend that you upgrade your heating and cooling equipment if it is 10 years old or older, as these systems are most likely consuming far too much energy. A new system with a high-efficiency rating reduces monthly costs, but you can also make smaller upgrades if you’re not ready for a replacement. Installing a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat is another way to save, with more programming options that make it easier to vary temperatures to use less energy throughout the day.