More than a few homeowners resort to turning off the heating and air conditioning to save money, which has the effect of making the home uncomfortable to live in. You might be surprised to know that there are many ways to make your home run on less energy without sacrificing comfort. Cal Air shares the following tips:
TIP: Use Your Fans
If you have ceiling or free-standing fans, utilize them! When used in conjunction with the HVAC system. fans improve air circulation, which increases the comfort of the room by helping to heat or cool it more evenly. The room will also reach its target temperature more quickly, which will help reduce HVAC output.
TIP: Replace the Air Filters
Replace the air filters regularly—or clean them, if washable—as prescribed in the HVAC care and maintenance manual that came with your system. Clogged filters reduce the amount of warm or cool air that can get into the room, requiring your HVAC system to work harder. Clean filters also help prevent particulates from recirculating into the house.
TIP: Invest in Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats can be set to adjust their output to different levels at different times of the day. For example, you can program it to lower the indoor temperature as you sleep or when everyone is at school or work, then bring it back up slightly when everyone is awake. Smart thermostats can do you one better by “learning” your usage habits and making adjustments accordingly. Certain models even let you control your HVAC system remotely.
TIP: Improve Home Insulation
An insulated enclosure—also known as an energy envelope—consists of the attic, exterior walls and fenestrations (windows, entry doors and skylights). A properly insulated enclosure does not let heat pass through, which means your indoor space stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With reduced indoor heating and cooling requirements, you can expect to see energy savings.
TIP: Always Look for the ENERGY STAR® Label
If you’re in the market for new appliances, whether it’s a refrigerator, HVAC system or water heater, always look for the ENERGY STAR certification on the packaging. ENERGY STAR is your guarantee that the product you’re buying consumes less energy (or helps you do so) compared to its non-certified counterparts.
Our HVAC Systems Are Energy-Efficient
To learn more about energy saving air heating and cooling systems, call Cal Air today at (702) 550-1435. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.