HVAC systems are an integral part of most homes and properties, but according to the Department of Energy, they also constitute over 50% of your total energy bills. This makes heating and cooling systems part of the largest expenses a typical U.S. home faces.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of simple ways for you to lower those bills, while making the most of your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your HVAC system is working at full capacity 24/7, then that’s probably a major reason for your rising energy costs. Turning the heat down or the air conditioning up when no one’s home is an easy way to improve energy efficiency in your home—but it’s easy to forget to reset your thermostat all the time.
Using a programmable thermostat helps take the problem off your hands since it works on an automated system that you can set around your schedule.
Have Proper Insulation
Poor or damaged insulation can hugely affect the energy efficiency of your home. Insulation helps reduce heat loss during the winter and can keep your home cool in the summer—but only if your insulation is intact.
Without the right insulation, your HVAC system will have to work harder to make up for the air that may be escaping through the gaps in the insulation, causing a fluctuating temperature.
Clean/Change Your HVAC Filters
Did you know your HVAC filters need to be cleaned regularly and changed every three months? In addition, if you constantly use your HVAC system, live in a dusty area, or have pets, you’ll need to clean them more often.
A clogged HVAC filter will result in your system putting in extra effort to achieve a level of heating and cooling that would be easier with a clean filter. This will ultimately make it work longer, resulting in higher energy bills.
Follow a Maintenance Schedule
You won’t have to shell out for repairs if you invest in preventative maintenance. Regular HVAC maintenance is vital to ensure that your equipment is and will continue to function efficiently. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, preventative maintenance can help you save up to 30% of your energy bill.
Regular maintenance will also keep your HVAC system working for longer. Essentially, it pays to invest in maintenance.
Turn Off Your Appliances
It used to be enough to remember to turn the light switch off when we leave a room, but there’s a lot more than just that when it comes to saving energy nowadays. Even when they’re not being used, appliances use electricity just by being plugged in.
This is called phantom power, standby load, or vampire power. Although this energy consumption is individually very small, when put together, it can account for around 10% of energy use. Remembering to prioritize overall energy efficiency along with your HVAC efficiency will go a long way in reducing those bills.
Contact Breeze Lease Purchase Today!
Are you looking to buy or replace your HVAC system? Try Breeze Lease Purchase’s HVAC leasing solutions! We were founded to help homeowners who may not be able to get a new HVAC system due to bad or no credit—so regardless of your credit score, you can apply for our lease program.
Contact us online today or call us at (855) 330-3959 to learn more.