When the hot, humid summer weather hits, we can’t help but seek refuge in the air conditioning. So how can we be sure that we’re running as efficiently as possible and keeping energy bills under control? Here’s how:
• Have a professional install your system. (This applies to heating or cooling)
• Properly seal and insulate your ducts. Sealing and insulating can reduce your total energy use by more than 20 percent. Focus first on ducts that run through unconditioned space such as your garage or attic, and seal ducts with mastic or foil-backed tape. After sealing, insulate the ducts by wrapping them in insulation.
• Make sure your home has adequate insulation. A well-insulated home helps reduce the load on your HVAC system. The DOE recommends minimum insulation levels for each part of the home, based on your climate. This information can be found on the ENERGY STAR Web site.
• Install a programmable thermostat. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a programmable thermostat can save you about $150 a year in energy costs if it is properly used. Programmable thermostats are recommended for people who are away from home during set times of the day each week.
To increase your energy savings, the EPA recommends that you:
• Keep the thermostat set at energy-saving temperatures for long periods of time, such as during the day when no one is home and through the night
• Resist the urge to override the programmed settings. Every time you do, you use more energy and may end up paying more on your energy bill.
• Set the “hold” button at a constant energy-saving temperature when going away for the weekend or on vacation. Install your thermostat away from heating or cooling registers, appliances, lighting, doorways, skylights, and windows, and areas that receive direct sunlight or drafts. Interior walls are best.
• If you have a heat pump, you may need a special programmable thermostat to maximize your energy savings year-round. Talk to your retailer or contractor for the details before selecting your thermostat. Maintain your system’s efficiency through proper maintenance. Be sure to have your equipment regularly maintained.
Call our office today to schedule repairs or tune-ups, or to find out how we can install A/C in your home: (860) 423-6859