Keep Your Cool – Energy Tips
Conservation is one of the most powerful tools in lowering energy costs…here are a number of tips that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your home energy bill throughout seasons to come:
1. Tune-up your air conditioner & home comfort system (A/C Maintenance): It is very important to maintain your equipment properly – it’s probably been a couple of months since you last ran your air conditioner for any length of time. Can you expect your system to run at peak efficiency once you need it again every day?
Give your system a head start by making sure it’s not only ready for optimal use, but running at it’s peak performance – thus long term cost savings. They say regular maintenance is almost always less costly than a repair job and it’s reported that 50% of cooling problems could have been prevented by annual maintenance.
Schedule a system check-up for your electric or gas system at least once a year. Our certified technicians can also provide Annual Preventative Maintenance Agreements to save you money every year and increase the life of your Heat Pump, Furnace or Air Conditioning system; contact All About Air for more information.
2. Upgrade an old heating or cooling system – Replacing an old system with a new one is an investment that will pay for itself by cutting your fuel costs by as much as 40%. We can provide free estimates for upgrades and new installation of Heat Pump, Furnace or Air Conditioning systems; contact All About Air for more information
3. Clear the way – Make sure that armchairs, couches, drapes, bookshelves, etc. are not blocking your baseboards, making it harder for warmth to get to the rest of the room during cold months.
4. Clean up – Vacuum the air dispersing vents throughout our home or office or clean inside your baseboard units to help them transfer heat to the room air more efficiently. Replace and/or clean your air filters to maximize air flow and keep your air as clean as possible.
5. Thermostat savvy – Adjust your temperature setting by moving it up or down just 2 degrees at a time. Or if you’re calling for heat, raise the setting slowly, and stop when you hear your furnace start. You can do the same trick for your air conditioning.
6. Programmable Thermostat – These state of the art devices provide precise custom comfort controls are a must for maximizing efficiency. Set your programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you go to bed and raise it when you wake up. If you plan on going on vacation…lower it when you’re not going to be home and raise it when you return. If you don’t have a programmable you can adjust it manually or contact All About Air to find out more about programmable thermostat options.
7. Invest in a high-efficiency water heater including the new tank-less water heaters. Ask us about water heater systems which can give you a nearly endless supply of hot water.
8. Seal your homes’ foundation – You can help insulate your house by sealing or “skirting” off the exposed portion of your basement or foundation with plastic, or leaves, or bales of hay – even snow. If needed, contact us today and we would be glad to recommend our locally trusted company to help you seal your home.
9. Seal your windows – Caulk around loose panes. Add weather stripping between sashes and sills. Drafty windows can be covered with a tight layer of polyurethane plastic sheeting. This will keep your indoor air from escaping or the outdoor air from coming in.
10. Replace problem windows – Single pane, cracks, etc. these windows problems cause heat loss in the winter and cool air loss in the summer and should be either upgraded to multi-pane choices or repaired to seal the home. Contact us today and we would be glad to recommend our locally trusted Home Service Network Window repair/replacement company.
11. Weather-tight doors – All four sides of external doors need to be weather tight. Use rubberized weather stripping around the edges to keep out the cold winter wind.
12. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate – Today’s homes are much better insulated than homes built 30 or even 15 years ago. Still it’s well worth taking an insulation inventory. You’ll find lots of do-it-yourself books on insulation at your local hardware store, too.
13. Flew Fix – Once your fireplace fire or woodstove fire is totally out and is cool to the touch, close the damper to stop your home heating dollars from flying up the chimney.
14. Keep your closet doors closed. There’s over 100 cubic feet in a closet you don’t need to pay extra to keep warm.
15. Wear something warm –Turtleneck, sweater, fleece pullover, hooded sweatshirt. Letting your body heat warm you up is cheaper than letting your furnace to the work.
16. COLD? What’s Cooking? – Keep the kitchen hot to keep your home warm and maximize your energy efficiency – Stay in and cook or bake for your friends and family. Breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, roasted chickens – all the things you avoid in the summer time because it makes the kitchen too hot.
17. Soup for the Soul – Have a hot drink or some warm soup – a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa can warm you up from the inside-out. The added hydration you get from drinks like tea or beef bouillon also help your body “burn” calories more efficiently which helps keep you warm.
18. Snuggle – Get your family together and cuddled up under a big blanket on the couch to watch a movie – bonus – family time!
19. A friend is worth 500 Btu’s per hour – Invite friends and family over for dinner, movie or game night. Put enough people in the room, and you can heat it with human power. Bonus – you get the memories!
20. Draw the shades, shut out the light – Close all of your curtains and shades at night to trap heat inside; open them during the day to let heat from the sun in. Do the opposite in the Summer, closing the shades during the day to keep the sun out and opening shades or windows at night when you are home to help circulate cooler outdoor air into your home.
20. TOO HOT? Don’t Overheat your Home with Appliances and Lighting – Avoid using the oven; try the microwave or get outside and grill or BBQ. Install efficient cooler-running lighting or turn off lights when not in immediate use. Use other appliances sparingly or efficiently.
We hope these tips can help you save money and stay comfortable all year long. Share these Energy Saving strategies with your friends and family and contact All About Air Heating & Cooling to make sure you are prepared for all seasons!