When it comes to extreme cold and extreme heat, the first thing many Americans think about is energy costs. However, many households don’t realize that they can reduce their seasonal energy costs with a simple annual checkup and a few summer and winter energy-saving tips.
Air filters prevent unwanted allergens, dust and particles from getting into the air in your home, and when those filters are dirty, airflow can be restricted. This is especially common during the spring and summer when seasonal pollen levels are at their highest. Changing or cleaning the filter on your HVAC system will help maximize airflow, so your system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable.
There are a few things you can do to prevent your air conditioner from running up your energy bill in the summer. First, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. These devices can automatically adjust the temperature while you’re out of the house or sleeping, so your air conditioner only turns on when it’s needed most. You should also get into the habit of closing curtains during the day and, on cooler evenings, opening windows at night. By taking advantage of cooler evening temperatures, and preventing your home from becoming a greenhouse during the day, you can give your air conditioner a much-needed break.
Keeping your outdoor unit free of debris is also crucial in keeping your energy costs down. During the fall, many HVAC units can get over run by falling leaves and branches, making heat exchange less efficient. Ensuring that your outdoor HVAC unit is clean is one of the easiest fall energy-saving tips that will help make sure that your system isn’t raising your energy costs and wearing out your system before its time.
Saving money on energy costs during the winter starts with good insulation. Adding weather-stripping to doors, installing double-pane windows and using insulating foam between walls are all great ways tolower your energy bill. And while some energy-saving tips, like installing double-pane windows, require a significant up front investment, one of the best energy saving tips is also the cheapest: put on an extra layer or two. Wearing a sweater around the house instead of a t-shirt will allow you to set you thermostat a little lower, which can make a huge different in your energy bill over the course of the winter.
Aside from these seasonal energy-saving tips, if you sense any issue may be happening with your HVAC unit, contact your local dealer immediately for repair and we can send an American Standard Customer Care dealer to your home to diagnose the problem. You don’t want your system to shut down when you need it most.
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