Making Your HVAC System Work for You
The bad news: Cooling (and heating) are the largest energy costs in most homes.
The good news: They can also be the easiest to control by making simple modifications throughout your home.
To ensure your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible, here are some easy adjustments you can do to help you get the most for your energy dollars:
- Check Your Thermostat: Cool your home at 78° or warmer with the thermostat fan switch on “auto.” For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82° or warmer when you’re away from home. Also: when on vacation, cool your home at 85° with the thermostat fan on “auto,” to help prevent mildew from developing.
- Use Fans: Reduce your HVAC costs and keep your home comfortable by using inexpensive, energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. This will allow you to set your thermostat higher and still feel cool. Also: turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs about $7 a month.
- Select the Right Size Fan: When buying a fan, choose the right size for the room. For example: 10′ x 10′ room or smaller = 36″ fan; 15′ x 20′ room = 52″ fan; Rooms larger than 15′ x 20′ = two 52″ fans.
- Keep Your Unit Clean and Clear: Change your A/C system’s filter regularly, using the proper size, or clean it monthly. Also: keep leaves, shrubbery and debris at least 18 inches away from your outdoor unit to avoid blocking the airflow.
- Sign up for an air conditioning maintenance plan! We’ll keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.