Energy costs invariably rise over time. That can make it difficult for residents in Richmond, Virginia, to afford HVAC-related expenses. Even so, HVAC repair and maintenance are crucial expenses for any homeowner. Neglecting them isn't an option. Here are some solutions we've found for helping our customers save money on HVAC costs:
Schedule Routine Maintenance
It may seem counter-intuitive, but it's actually more affordable to stick with a regular HVAC maintenance schedule than to avoid preventative tune-ups and face the consequences later. If you don't already have a maintenance agreement with a reliable HVAC company, it's time to schedule that first semiannual service.
During a tune-up, your service technician will inspect the entire HVAC system, tighten any loose connections, clean critical parts, and look for any signs of wear and tear. After the service, your HVAC system will operate optimally all season long. It'll help you save money in energy costs.
Older homes with inadequate insulation tend to cost more to heat and cool. Even newer homes may need extra insulation at some point, as all insulation breaks down over time. Adding insulation and investing in energy-efficient doors and windows, which are designed to further enhance a home's insulation, will reduce your overall HVAC operating costs tremendously.
If you're not sure whether your home needs new insulation, consult with an insulation professional or energy auditor.
Turn Down the Thermostat
Running the air conditioner on full blast isn't helping your bottom line. Regardless of the season, try to keep your thermostat set to a consistent temperature. You may think you won't feel as comfortable, but your body will quickly adjust to the new settings.
The Department of Energy recommends dialing back the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for up to eight hours per day. While adjusting the settings yourself is an inconvenience, you can upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat designed to make the adjustments for you. Simply program the settings based on your work schedule, and leave the rest to technology.
Control Temperatures With Blinds or Drapes
Window coverings affect indoor temperatures more than you might realize. During the summer, draw all curtains and blinds to keep sunlight from seeping in and warming the space. Blackout drapes, in particular, are perfect for keeping a room cool without having to crank up the air conditioner. The only downside is that you can't enjoy the sunlight. But closing the curtains is a perfect solution when you're not at home because it adds an extra layer of insulation between the room and the windows.
During the winter months, avoid using blinds or curtains. Allow the sunlight to warm interior spaces. Once you know how sunlight affects your home, you can more accurately adjust the thermostat to compensate.
Drafts waste energy, even during air conditioning season. While you may not think about drafts until winter, those leaks around windows and underneath doors are allowing energy to escape year-round, which is energy you've already paid for.
Sealing drafts is crucial no matter the season because it keeps conditioned air inside your home. Spend some time inspecting every corner of your home for signs of drafts or leaks. Update weather stripping as needed. Make sure windows are shut to maximize the energy produced by your HVAC system.
Refer a Friend
One of the easiest ways to save money on HVAC services from Air Excellence is through our Referral Rewards Program. Tell your friends and family about our services. If they purchase a new comfort system from us, you'll receive $100 with our thanks. Just be sure your friends or family mention the program and provide your contact information during their in-home consultation. You can then use that $100 toward your next service or product upgrade, making it easier than ever to afford HVAC expenses.
Don't neglect your home's HVAC system just because you think you can't afford the maintenance. Call Air Excellence, Inc. at 804-885-3888 to learn more about our preventative maintenance plans and how you can save on your HVAC costs.
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