Don’t Get Left “Home Alone” with the Energy Meter Running
The moving vans have left, and you’ve finally managed to make some headway on all those boxes piled up in every room. Life seems to be settling into a new normal in your beautiful new home. The weather outside is sweltering, so what’s the harm in cranking up the HVAC system to keep everyone cool?
Remember, You Just Met Your Air Conditioner.
Without knowing the ins and outs of your new home or its HVAC system, turning up the air conditioner that first month could prove an expensive proposition. Here are two simple, low cost ways to ensure you’ve maximized its energy efficiency from the get go:
Consider a programmable thermostat.
Did you know that the Department of Energy found that by increasing the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees in your home for only 8 hours a day, you can save up to 15% a year in energy costs? Given that you or your family is probably gone for most of the day, why waste money cooling your home when no one is there to enjoy it?
Still, it can be difficult to remember to dial back the thermostat every morning before you leave for the office. Instead, why not install a programmable one that allows you to update and adjust as per your busy schedule? It’s a low cost way to ensure you’re saving money, every day.
Change the air filter, clean the coils.
“New owners, new air filter” is a nice way to look at it. Unless you know for sure that the previous homeowners recently replaced the air filter on your air conditioner, why not spend the money (less than $20, usually) and install a fresh one? A clean filter ensures the airflow through the ducts is completely efficient. Otherwise, dirty filters can block the cool air from entering.
Want to be super frugal and avoid replacement unnecessarily? Take out the existing one and check it for debris. If you can’t see daylight through it, it’s time to eat the $12 and get a new one. Remember, these should be replaced at least once a year, more frequently if you have pets or allergy issues to worry about.
Clean coils on your outside unit are also essential in maintaining maximum energy efficiency. The fan outside works to pull hot air into the coils, and can sometimes pull in dirt and other debris. If you’ve just purchased your home, it’s time for a look-see outside to examine your existing unit. Are the fins clean? Are there twigs, leaves or other waste clogging up the system? If you’re not sure, consider calling an HVAC specialist for inspection and service if necessary.
Better safe than sorry when it comes to a new home’s heating and cooling system. Call Air-tro today to have one of our HVAC professionals help you make your house and your air conditioning as energy efficient as possible. Saving you money is our specialty! Get in touch at (626) 357-3535.