The majority of your energy consumption is used to heat and cool your home. Therefore, the best energy-savings strategy begins with an efficient HVAC system. If your budget can’t accommodate a whole-system upgrade, you can develop a two to three year plan, prioritizing the most important upgrades first.
Here is a step-by-step, energy-savings strategy.
- Use licensed and certified contractors. Make sure you hire a licensed HVAC contractor who employs NATE certified technicians. This will ensure that your service is performed by knowledgeable professionals who keep up with current industry standards.
- Change your filter. The more you use your heating and cooling system, the more frequently your filter should be changed. Clogged filters reduce airflow, causing your system to work harder to meet your thermostat’s setting. Changing the filter as per the manufacturer’s instructions will also improve indoor air quality.
- Have your duct system inspected. If you replaced your air conditioner or furnace, but haven’t had your ductwork inspected, your HVAC system may still be inefficient. Leaky ducts allow conditioned air to seep out of the system before it reaches your living space. By the same token, poorly insulated ducts allows the conditioned air to change temperature before it ever reaches your rooms. Both scenarios waste energy. Make sure your ducts are cleaned, sealed and properly insulated to maximize energy efficiency.
- Routine maintenance. Your HVAC equipment should be inspected and tuned up on a semi-annual basis. This keeps it working efficiently and allows small problems to be repaired before they become bigger ones. To maximize year-round comfort, consider joining our Partners in Comfort (PIC) Club. We’ll remember to schedule appointments so you don’t have to. Plus, you’ll benefit from discounts on parts and labor, as well as equipment replacement.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat correctly can save anywhere from 5 to 15 percent on annual energy spending. The most energy efficient settings for the summer months are 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you’re away.
Contact All Temp Air Conditioning & Heating for more information on an energy-savings strategy for your Charlotte home. We’ve provided knowledgeable HVAC service for more than 28 years.