As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Your HVAC system is like a car, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. At HomeImprovementBids.com, we’ll inspect your entire system to ensure you’re saving money and running as efficiently as possible using some of the following steps and more.
Use a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is ideal for most homes, whether you’re away from home during set periods of time throughout the week, or managing a full house day in and out. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you roughly $180 every year in energy costs. Programmable thermostats come in many different shapes, sizes, and interfaces. Our certified HVAC professionals can help you choose which one is right for you and your household.
Sealing and insulating your ducts
Complimentary to your heating and cooling systems, ducts moving air to-and-from a heat pump, a forced air furnace, or central air conditioner are known to be huge energy wasters. Sealing and insulating them can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by 10-20 percent — and often times much more. Our certified HVAC professionals will focus on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage. After inspecting and sealing the ducts in those spaces, our technicians will make sure that everything is properly insulated to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter.
Install ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by our certified HVAC professionals. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a new unit. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200.
Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is your best bet. To make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent — costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s life.
If you are looking for a professional HVAC installation contractor, HomeImprovementBids.com can help connect you to Pre-Screened contractors!