With inflation in full swing, geopolitical uncertainty and supply chain issues, everyone is feeling the pinch on their wallet or purse. But regardless of economic conditions, it’s likely there will always be a strong interest in how to save money on heating and cooling costs.
Many of us may remember a parent or family member insisting on keeping the thermostat at a low level in the winter and a high level in the summer. Though certainly an irritation for those who don’t have to pay the bill, it’s a practical way to keep electricity costs at a minimum.
In fact, a study put out by the US Department of Energy advises that an indoor temperature setting of 78 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter will bring increased efficiency and lower costs. There are many other ways to keep the power bill low and save money on heating and cooling costs, including:
- Installing a smart thermostat – This can make it easy to set a program for when you’re at work or on vacation. After all, there’s no sense (or cents, sorry) in making sure the home is comfortable when it’s empty. Most smart thermostats can be controlled via smartphone and some can even make automatic adjustments based on your lifestyle.
- Seal it up – This may sound like a no-brainer to some, however, chances are strong if you are in an older home or have been in the same house for a while, there may be a leak or two. Replacing deteriorated caulk, checking for gaps around pipes, placing weather stripping around windows and doors, or just checking to ensure that all the windows are shut are simple things that can deliver significant savings.
- Replace dirty air filters – In the spring when there is a lot of pollen blowing around, air filters are likely to get dirty faster than other times. Making an effort to replace them when necessary can help to save energy and keep the system working effectively.
- Perform regular maintenance – Having a licensed and trained technician stop by to evaluate the health of your system and take care of routine maintenance items such as cleaning the coils or checking the compressor fans can help to prevent major problems from happening. Considering the hourly rate for service professionals starts at around $75 an hour, it’s easy to see why keeping those hours at a minimum is a good idea.
- Install window blinds and curtains – Surprisingly enough, something as simple as closing the blinds on a hot day can result in a substantial cost savings. Also, it is worth pointing out that many curtains have an energy efficiency rating. Likewise, opening the curtains or blinds on a sunny day in the winter can help to decrease energy costs.
There are many other ways to ensure that your heating and air conditioning system is operating at peak efficiency. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that newer systems (less than 10 years old) are much more efficient than their predecessors. And, as with many other things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, joining the Comfort Club could be an easy way to save on energy costs, as members receive two maintenance visits per year, a 15 percent discount off the cost of a repair, a five percent discount on new equipment and duct systems, and no additional after-hours, holiday or weekend charges.
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