If you are responsible for paying the bill, you may also think about your HVAC system when the utility payment coupon arrives in the mail. And if you think there is not much you can do to lower those monthly costs, you might want to think again. No matter what the size of your HVAC system, there are steps you can take to make it more efficient. Here are seven things you can do to increase the efficiency of the HVAC system at your home or business.
1. Install overhead fans to move air and reduce heating and cooling needs. Hot air rises, and ceiling fans and other air movement equipment will help it circulate more freely.
2. Make sure your HVAC system is properly sized. Size matters for HVAC systems and a too small or too large unit will not run as efficiently as it could. If you are not sure you have the right size, call in an HVAC expert to make sure.
3. Change the filters regularly. HVAC filters require regular maintenance, and that starts with cleaning and changing the filters. Check the documentation for your HVAC system for the recommended cleaning and replacement interval – and follow it to the letter.
4. Invest in a programmable thermostat. You do not need a comfortable temperature when you are not at home or working in the office, so why waste money on unnecessary heating and cooling? A programmable thermostat can automate your comfort levels and save you a lot of money.
5. Get a pre-season checkup. Having your HVAC unit cleaned and inspected can improve its efficiency, so schedule your service before the heating or cooling season gets underway. Spring and fall are great times to have your HVAC unit serviced.
6. Keep the exterior components clean and clear. If your HVAC unit is not running as efficiently as it once was, you could have a blockage in the external components. Fallen branches, overgrown landscaping and other hazards can block the outlet and force your HVAC system to work harder than it should.
7. Monitor your monthly usage and year-over-year changes. It can be hard to compare energy usage month to month – you will obviously use more heat in February and less in June – but tracking both monthly and year-over-year changes is far more informative. If you see your energy usage creeping up, it is time to call the experts and find out what is wrong.
If there is one thing you can do to lower your heating and cooling costs, it is taking good care of your HVAC unit. If you take good care of your HVAC system, it will return the favor, keeping you comfortable no matter how high or low the temperatures outside. The seven tips listed above can help you improve your HVAC efficiency and give you one less thing to worry about.