Are you sick and tired of every month seeing your energy bills going up and up? It can be a serious drain of money! What can you do? There are actually a lot of ways to reduce the amount you spend on your energy bills. One among them is making sure your HVAC system is operating at optimal levels. SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers free HVAC inspections all around Northern Colorado, so there is no reason for you to be in the dark about what you can do at that level to reduce your energy bills. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection!
9 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
Did you know that the average American home spends over $2,000 a year on their energy bills? What makes up about half of that is the cost of your heat and air conditioning. Obviously, optimizing your HVAC system is a priority when it comes to cutting costs. So, how can you do that?
Rely on Nature
When it’s cold out, open all your blinds and let in the sun’s warming rays to help heat your house. In the summer, do the opposite: rely on big trees or black-out shades for your windows. Deciduous trees like maples, oaks, and elms will also have the benefit of losing their leaves in the winter. This means you will still have maximum light to help keep your home warm in the winter, while in the summer the trees grow back their leaves, producing some wonderfully cooling shade for your house. Relying on nature will make it so you don’t have to rely so heavily on air conditioning or heating.
Don’t Go Crazy with Your AC Temperature
Keeping the temperature moderate instead of trying to get your house in the summer to feel like an arctic tundra is a great way to reduce your energy bills. The Department of Energy (DOE) recommends an average temperature of 78 degrees in the summer as cool enough for you and your family to stay comfortable while also keeping the cost of your energy bills low.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Digital and smart thermostats are available that allow you to program exactly what temperature you want your house to be at any given time. The benefit of this is that you can specify exactly what you want your house’s temperature to be and cut out having to heat or cool down your home when you are sleeping or out and about. This way, you end up saving money. According to Consumer Reports magazine, using a programmable thermostat alone will save you an average of $180 a year!
Properly Seal Your House
Inevitably there will be cracks in your home where hot or cold air escapes. To improve the energy-efficiency of your home, sealing up your home’s windows and doors will make a significant impact. An HVAC technician can come by and inspect your home to find out where hot or cold air is escaping your home and present a strategy for eliminating those problems.
Run Appliances at Night
Your dishwasher, oven, and laundry dryer all produce a significant amount of heat. Your HVAC system then has to work extra hard to get the house to the temperature you have set. Therefore, one easy way of reducing your energy bills is to run your heat-producing appliances at night.
Clean Your Air Filters
The air filters in your HVAC system accumulate dust, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants. If you don’t check and clean or replace them every month or two, your HVAC system may become less efficient, and may also lead to an uneven distribution of warm and cold air throughout your home. You may find yourself trying to heat up one room and never being satisfied with the temperature because your vents or air filter are so clogged that all the heat is being channeled to a different room. This simply results in you paying more to heat or cool rooms that you aren’t even using. There is also the added benefit of cleaning your filter regularly that the air quality in your home remains excellent.
Get an Energy Audit
Our HVAC technicians at SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are able to quickly and effectively discern what exactly you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Did we mention that we do these inspections for free? If you’re interested in improving the energy-efficiency of your home and saving money on your energy bills in the process, give SWAN a call today.
Install Ceiling Fans
Another way of making it so you don’t have to run your air conditioner so high this summer is to install more ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are effective at circulating air and producing a gentle breeze in your home.
Get HVAC Maintenance
The most effective way to improve your home’s energy-efficiency and save money on your energy bills is to get your old air conditioner or furnace repaired, replaced, or improved through maintenance. Older units may not be as energy-efficient as newer ones, and new Energy Star-certified units tend to require significantly less electricity than older units. If your air conditioner or furnace is over 10 years old, it may be time to start thinking about replacing it with a new, more cost-effective model. There are some other services an HVAC technician can do to help you save money on your energy bill. For example:
- Getting your ducts cleaned can help your system run more efficiently and reduce the chances of it getting damaged or worn-out.
- Get your furnace inspected (SWAN does this for you for free) to make sure it is not unnecessarily using extra energy or is about to break down.
- Get your air conditioner repaired or optimized so that you know you won’t be sweating in a ridiculously hot house this summer.
Heating and cooling systems contribute to around half of your overall energy bill. If you’ve tried all the tricks to reduce your energy bill and are still unsatisfied with what you are paying every month, consider hiring an HVAC technician to come by and inspect your furnace, air conditioner, and air ducts. SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers free HVAC inspections for customers all around Northern Colorado. If you are ready to start paying significantly less for your energy bills starting this month, give us a call today! Our team of certified HVAC technicians have years of experience in the industry and will be able to work with you to optimize your home’s energy-efficiency.