The weather will still be quite cold in many parts of the country for a few more months, leading homeowners to turn up the thermostat and exceed the average 903 kWh of energy used per month. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to significantly reduce energy usage while keeping the home warm and toasty until spring, according to the infographic RSI developed. These energy saving methods are neither complicated nor expensive to implement and can enable you to save for that kitchen remodel or new yard landscaping you’ve been planning.
Adjusting the thermostat down by ten to fifteen degrees can lower your electricity bill by up to 15%. The United States Department of Energy recommends keeping the thermostat at 68°F during waking hours and lowering it right before going to bed at night.
DIY HVAC Maintenance Jobs
Replacing your HVAC filters, or cleaning reusable ones, every month can lower your electric bill by up to 15%. Other important DIY HVAC maintenance jobs include cleaning the coil fins, evaporator coil, heat exchanger and drains. These jobs should be done on a yearly basis to keep humidity at bay and ensure that warm air can flow into your home freely.
It is also important to check your ducts for leaks every single year. As the Energy Star notes, you can lose up to 30% of the warm air that is meant to flow into your home through duct leaks, holes and poor connections.
Warning Signs that Professional Maintenance is Necessary
It is important to have the furnace checked once a year to prevent fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning. Regular maintenance can also prolong the lifespan of your heating unit, saving you money in the long run. Even so, be on the lookout for problems such as rust flakes, a dusty smell or a yellow flame. Call a professional to ensure that these issues are remedied in a timely manner.
If you live in a warm region and need to use the A/C year-round, be on the lookout for problems that may indicate the need for a timely repair job. Leaking fluid is a warning sign that your unit needs to be recharged by a professional. If the unit will not turn on, the compressor or fan controls may be worn out. Moreover, limited airflow may be a sign of leaks or clogs in the ductwork or clogged filters.
Energy Savings for a More Efficient Home
Reducing heating-related energy consumption could help you improve the efficiency of your home and lighten your carbon footprint. With a bit of maintenance, you can significantly lower your energy bill while still staying warm and comfortable through the winter. These savings can help with the cost of home improvements—or that tropical summer vacation you’ve been dreaming about.
Post by Monica Gomez