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 Replacing an outdated model with a new ECM—a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.

Want to know more or have a lingering question? Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask our experts at + 1 (313) 20907196.

Bonus Tip:

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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