Today, next week and all year round, there are proactive measures you can take to save money and conserve energy in your home by paying attention to your AC system and its environment.
-Install a programmable thermostat for your HVAC system and adjust temperatures according to your schedule. By programming your thermostat to raise the temperature to at least 82 degrees when you’re out and lower to 78 degrees before you usually return home will save money and energy.
-Clean or replace filters in your furnace, air conditioner, and heat pump.
-Evaluate your heating and cooling systems. Determine if replacements are justified, or whether you should retrofit them to work more efficiently to provide the same comfort (or better) for less energy.
-Call Custom Climate Concepts to help you with this assessment at 941-955-COOL (2665).
-Insulate heating and air conditioning areas that don’t need climate control, such as attics and crawlspaces. Keeping ducts in good repair can prevent heat or cooling loss of up to 60 percent at the registers.
-Seal up the largest air leaks in your house – the ones that whistle on windy days, or feel drafty. The worst culprits are usually not windows and doors, but utility cut-throughs for pipes (plumbing penetrations), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
-Install a programmable thermostat to set your thermostat back automatically at night.
-Prevent mold and mildew from developing in your home while you are on vacation by controlling the humidity inside. You can accomplish this and still manage your energy costs by setting your thermostat as follows:
Program your air conditioner to run at 72 degrees for just two hours before sunrise and at 88 degrees the rest of the day.
Condos and Apartments – set AC at 77 degrees.
Single Family Homes – set Ac at 80 degrees.
-Insulate. If your walls aren’t insulated have an insulation contractor blow cellulose into the walls. Bring your attic insulation level up to snuff.
-Reduce your air conditioning costs by planting shade trees and shrubs around your house – especially on the west side.
-Upgrade leaky windows. It may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models or to boost their efficiency with weatherstripping and storm windows. The typical home loses more than 25 percent of its heat through windows.