Keeping your home to your desired temperature setting is not cheap. A recent study found that approximately 5% of all of the electricity used in the U.S. is used on residential air conditioning. This costs more than $11 billion for homeowners. While you are never going to be able to heat or cool your home for free, there are steps you can take to help you save money on your heating and cooling expenses. Here are three tips to consider.
1. Regularly Replace Your Air Filters
One of the best money-saving tips when it comes to your HVAC system is to regularly replace your air filters. As your heating or cooling system is used, air passes through the filters, and the filters trap impurities. This causes the filter to become full. The unit has to work harder and longer to pull air in if your filter is full. Replacing it regularly helps to prevent this.
2. Don’t Turn Your Heating or Cooling System Off
One of the myths surrounding HVAC management is that you should just turn off your heater or AC when you are gone for the day, and then turn it on when you are home again. It is smart to change your settings slightly when no one is going to be home. However, professional AC installation services will tell you to not shut your system off completely. Your home will get very hot or cold, and your unit will have to run longer to heat or cool your home, costing more money than just running the appliance during the day.
3. Replace Your Heating or Cooling Unit When Needed
Finally, do not try to make an old and dated heater or AC unit work for you. Older units are not efficient, so they can waste a lot of energy. Professionals can help you select a new unit and then install it. Ultimately, AC installation services help replace units that are not efficient with units that are, which reduces your energy usage.
Heating or cooling your home does not have to cost an arm and a leg. There are management tips, such as the ones that are listed above, that can help you to save money. If you are in need of HVAC maintenance, repairs, or heater or AC installation services, our licensed and skilled professionals can assist you. Reach out to Wilson Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment.