Home Heating and Cooling Energy Efficiency Tips
When homeowners ask how they can lower
energy bills to save money without sacrificing comfort, our experts
share these simple energy efficiency tips. Read through these tips,
tricks, and best practices, and then give us a call or ask a question online for more information.
- • Upgrade to an electronically commutated motor (ECM)—and
you can get up to $50 in Focus on Energy rebates. New energy
conservation standards have been applied to regulate the efficiency of
furnace fans. Replacing an outdated model with a new ECM—a
variable-speed motor—will save you money on energy bills well into the
future because these motors maximize efficiency. Upgrading to an ECM
also keeps you more comfortable because the blower runs continuously.
This helps even out temperatures in your home and ensures continuous air
filtration. Remember, if air isn’t flowing through the air filter, it
isn’t being cleaned. In most cases, homeowners recoup the cost of their
ECM motor in energy savings in 2 years or less.
- • Use your ceiling fan to help you stay comfortable—adjust
your fan to rotate clockwise in winter and counter-clockwise in summer.
This moves air downwards or upwards accordingly to keep your heating
and cooling comfort where you want it—near you rather than overhead.
That means a more comfortable home and lower energy bills because you
can adjust your furnace and AC down or up, too.
- • Consider a Wi-Fi thermostat—these
smart thermostat controls monitor your energy usage better than you can
on your own. Some models will even make recommendations to help you
save money by adjusting your thermostat when you’re away from home or
programming it to automatically change temperature based on your
schedule. Used correctly, you can save up to 30 percent on energy bills.
Discover more reasons why we recommend Wi-Fi thermostats.
- • Change your air filters regularly—dirty
air filters, clogged with dust, dander, and pet hair, block airflow and
make your system work harder to keep up. Replacing your air filters at
the recommended times keeps air moving, which lowers energy bills and
saves you money.
- • Ask about a humidifier or dehumidifier—humidifiers
add moisture to the air and help you feel warm at lower temperatures
during winter. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture and help you feel
cool at higher temperatures in summer. Both systems can save you money
on heating and cooling bills, and offer a number of other benefits, like
reducing airborne particles that cause allergy and asthma symptoms.
- • Open shades and curtains during the day—let
the sun’s natural warmth heat your home on sunny winter days to give
your furnace small breaks instead of running constantly. Similarly, keep
shades and curtains closed during the summer to hold cool air indoors
and keep the sun’s heat out. Both tips help your heating and cooling
systems run less often to save you money.
- • Make sure your home is well-insulated—hold
your hand in front of windows and doors to see if any drafts are coming
in. If so, seal them to keep your heated or air conditioned air
indoors. And make sure your attic is well-insulated, especially if your
home is under construction. Talk to your contractor to ensure the attic
is airtight to avoid wasting money on energy bills.
- • Schedule routine system tuneups—this
is the only way to keep your system clean and running safely and
efficiently. Without regular service, gunk builds up and blocks
airflow—you’ll feel less comfortable and end up with higher energy
bills. Avoid these annoyances and significant breakdowns in the future
by catching problems early during an annual tuneup. Sign up for a maintenance agreement to make sure your system gets the attention it needs every year.
Invest in a Honeywell Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector which alerts you at the first sign of water where it shouldn’t be. Simply install it near your water heater, washing machine, sump pump, pipes, or faucets, and receive a warning after only a few drips. This affordable tool can save you thousands of dollars by avoiding potential water damage.
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