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HVAC Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

In general, no homeowner enjoys pulling out a bill from their mailbox. The irritation grows when the bill is a higher-than-expected power bill. Cooling and heating is most likely your home's greatest single usage of electricity or natural gas, and it may be expensive on a monthly basis. However, you are not helpless. You can decrease your expenses and make your house more pleasant by strategically upgrading your home. In this post, we'll go over some of our favorite HVAC energy-saving tips and show you how to get started.

Do you get letters from your utility provider telling you how energy efficient you are in comparison to your neighbors? You're not on your own. Elmore HVAC provides strategies on how to save on heating costs and obtain the greatest performance from your furnace if you want to enhance your standing or just want to save a little money on your energy bills this winter. Being economical with your HVAC system translates to being economical with your money. With these HVAC energy saving strategies, you can cut your HVAC energy expenses in many ways.

Replace Your Air Filters on a Regular Basis

A clean air filter will keep dust and debris out of the system, which can force your HVAC system to work harder to keep your house warm or cool. Check your filter on a regular basis to ensure that your HVAC system is working efficiently, especially during the winter and summer months when your heater and A/C are utilized the most. If your filter is filthy, or if it hasn't been changed in at least three months, replace it. Filters should be cleaned or replaced once a month, according to Setting a reminder on your phone is a simple way to remember to change your filters. It's also a good idea to record the date on each new filter as you install it so that you can quickly assess its quality. 

If you have problems with air quality in your house, such as excessive pet hair, dust, or unpleasant allergens, changing to a filter with a higher MERV rating may help. The MERV rating of a filter ranges from 1 to 20, with the higher the value, the more (and smaller) particles it will catch. Higher MERV filters, on the other hand, may push your HV to work overtime.

Look for Any Air Leaks

Sealing and insulating the outside of your house, which includes the outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floor, may save you up to 20% on heating and cooling expenditures. Caulk, spray foam, or weather-stripping can be used to seal air leaks, and attic insulation can be added to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Insulate the Attic 

If your energy bills have been skyrocketing recently, this is a major sign that there is a larger issue that needs to be addressed. When cooled or heated air rises through the attic and roof of most homes, it wastes a significant amount of energy. The air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace needs to work more to keep the home at a comfortable temperature, especially when Idyllwild temperatures soar or fall to extremes. You may be wasting hundreds of dollars a year in energy bills if your attic isn't properly insulated. It simply isn't worth it.

Working with our specialists in Elmore HVAC to determine how much insulation is presently in your attic and whether or not installing extra insulation might help you save money is our advice. Insulation is one of the most cost-effective energy enhancements you can do in your house since it nearly always pays for itself in the long term.

Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed by Elmore HVAC

You've undoubtedly seen one at a neighbor's, friend's, or family member's house. Smart thermostats are currently all the rage, and with good reason. By automating temperature adjustments depending on work-life routines, these programmable thermostats help homeowners save money. That is to say, you may program the thermostat to lower the temperature when you leave for work and then raise it when you return. Smart thermostats standardize energy consumption, minimize wear-and-tear on HVAC systems, and help keep your home more pleasant by removing the human factor from the equation. 

Our team of HVAC specialists at Elmore HVAC can assist you with installing and optimizing a new smart thermostat. For additional information on this service, give us a call—a it's wonderful idea to combine a new thermostat with your scheduled AC and heater checkup this fall.

Pre-Season Maintenance 

The best way to guarantee that your unit continues to function efficiently is to get it tuned up on a regular basis. If your unit has both heating and cooling capabilities, plan two inspections every year: one in the spring before you turn on the air conditioner, and one in the autumn before you turn on the heat. You'll be able to handle any issues that arise during these warmer months of the year.

Maintain a Regular Maintenance Schedule

It's a good idea to arrange semi-annual servicing with a certified HVAC service provider if you don't already have a proactive maintenance program for your HVAC system. 

They can ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency and that all parts and components are in excellent functioning condition.

Maintain Optimal and Consistent Temperatures in Your HVAC System 

Although the temperature you set your thermostat at is primarily a matter of personal preference, many systems have ideal temperature ranges that help them use energy effectively. To determine the most energy-efficient temperature range, see your owner's handbook or speak with your service professional at Elmore HVAC. It's also a good idea to keep temperature fluctuations to a minimum, as this will make your HVAC system work harder and less efficiently.

To Help Regulate the Temperature, Use Window Coverings

Window treatments may have a significant impact on the amount of energy used to heat or cool your house. During the cooler months, take advantage of the sun's free heat by leaving curtains, blinds, or drapes open on south-facing windows during the day. 

Close them at night to provide an additional layer of insulation between the glass and the interior of your home. Keep window covers covered during the day to keep the temperature down in the summer.

We provide four main services at Elmore Heating & Air Conditioning. We can handle everything from a simple equipment tune-up to a complete HVAC installation. Bryce Elmore, a San Jacinto native, has spent much of his adult life repairing and installing heating and conditioning systems. He has spent several years at California Baptist University in Riverside, keeping the HVAC (heating and cooling system) running.

Our Services Include:

  • Equipment Repair
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Equipment Installation
  • Indoor Air Quality

We'll do the work quickly, providing you the comfort and peace of mind you deserve! Contact us TODAY at 951-345-0573! Elmore HVAC is here to help and guide you in the right direction. We all want to be comfortable at home, which involves making sure our HVAC system is working correctly and efficiently. Hopefully, these suggestions will be beneficial to you!

Bryce from Elmore HVAC

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