In today’s world, with the rising costs of energy use on a day to day basis, everyone is looking for a way to save money on the amount of energy they use within a monthly period. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that a good amount of your monthly energy use comes from running your heating and air conditioning equipment. There are several ways you can more or less guarantee that you’ll be getting the most use out of your heater or a/c, while saving energy. First, be sure to always check the SEER rating of your HVAC system. If you are not familiar with what a SEER rating is, that means Season Energy Efficiency Ratio. You really don’t have to understand the science of SEER ratings, you just need to know the numbers. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficiency you’re going to get from that HVAC unit. Most central heating and air conditioning systems today average from 14.5 all the way up to 22. Being at 22 is the very highest in most cases, but that is pretty rare. Even in the event you have a lower SEER rating, that doesn’t always mean your HVAC system is bad. Depending on the type of unit you have, you will need to research what a good SEER rating would be.
But, moving on…another method to save on energy use is to have your ductwork sealed to avoid duct leakage. If you have a leaky air duct systems, that lets a lot of your heating or air conditioning out, which in turn will make your central heating and air conditioning system work overtime. That of course will raise your energy bills sky high! Duct sealing can range in price, so be sure to check with your local heating and cooling company to see what specials they may have on duct sealing. You can always use the internet to search for good duct sealing deals in your area as well. Speaking of ductwork, in addition to the duct sealing I just mentioned, you should always have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis. This will also assist with making the most of your heating and air conditioning system’s energy use.
The next energy saving tip I would like to mention, is to get a programmable thermostat. Smart technology is here, and it is actually getting more advanced as the years roll on. This is a really great thing. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the exact temperature that you want your home to be, and instruct it when to turn on and off. Another benefit of a programmable thermostat is that you do not necessarily need to program it on any kind of a timer. Through something as simple as an application you can install on your cell phone, you can leave your heating and cooling system off when you are going to be away from your home for any extended period of time. This includes going to work, going on vacation, or just simply going out shopping for the day. By not running your heating and air conditioning system while no one is home, you are saving a lot of energy use right there! You can then simply turn on your HVAC system from wherever you are at, roughly about an hour before you are due back home. Then when you walk in the door, it will be like your HVAC system never stopped running. Isn’t that a fantastic neat trick? That is all thanks to today’s miracle of smart technology!
Now, I would like to mention a few other methods of saving energy on your heating and air conditioning. These methods are pretty straight forward, and they are not for everyone. It really depends on the type of house you live in, and the climate of the region you live in. This would be to go the ductless way of heating and cooling your home. A lot of people are completely getting rid of central heating and air conditioning all together in the fight to save on energy use. Portable space heaters are a way to heat every room in your home without having to use central heat. Now, with the idea of using a space heater, you would have to buy for example, 4 space heaters if you have a 4 room home. The price of space heaters usually range from 75 dollars to 90 dollars a piece. So, really, four hundred dollars on heating is not a lot of money, when you consider all the savings you’ll be getting in energy use. Space heaters do not use up very much energy compared to the common electric heating that comes out of an HVAC unit. So that is one option to think about.
Then, on the other side when it comes to air conditioning, you could get away with buying either portable air conditioning units for each room, or, get a good old fashioned window air conditioning unit. Yes, window air conditioning units also use up a good amount of energy, but not even half as much as an entire central air conditioning system. If these methods do not sound good to you, there is also the option of keeping your central heating and cooling unit, and cutting down on how much the thermostat turns on. Having really good curtains or blinds in your home will assist in keeping the temperature more under control as well.
For instance, in the Summer, this will help in keeping the heat from the sun out as much as humanly possible. You will see a big difference in how often your air conditioning system is coming on if you try this simple method. In the Winter, depending on what type of curtains or blinds you may have, you can use the sun to your advantage. By letting in the slightest bit of sunlight into the various rooms of your home will naturally warm things up, and keep that central heating system from flipping on. Even if it is a freezing cold day with ice and snow on the ground, if there is sunlight, you will be surprised at how that works as natural heating! So take these energy saving tips i’ve laid out, and you’ll be very glad that you tried at least one of them.