New or old, your HVAC system can always use some help when it comes to efficiency. Even if you have have the latest, most efficient model with all the bells and whistles, you won’t get the most out of it unless you maintain an efficient home. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to make a few changes around the house — changes that will translate into dollars saved on your utility bill.
Tips for Making Your Home More Efficient
- Air seal leaks. Minute cracks can leak conditioned air out of your home. The usual places where leaks are found are these:
- Around doors and windows
- Through electrical plugs and switch plates
- Through holes to the exterior for plumbing, electrical lines and cables
- Through the attic hatch
- Through recessed lighting
Use insulation, weatherstripping and caulk to seal holes and cracks.
- Change the air filter. A dirty filter will slow down your system, making it work harder to achieve the right temperature. Change it regularly.
- Schedule preventative maintenance. Schedule annual preventative maintenance on your air conditioner and furnace. Your HVAC tech should check controls and thermostat, refrigerant, condensate drain, heat exchanger, blower, compressor, condenser and evaporator coils and electrical connections.
- Check ductwork. As your ducts age, they may develop cracks and disconnected segments that allow conditioned air to leak out. What’s more, humidity may enter the ducts and circulate in your air supply. Added humidity makes us feel warmer.
- Control humidity. If your home’s humidity is higher than 40-50 percent in the summer, you should make efforts to lower it. Warm air holds more moisture, and makes us feel clammy. When that happens, we’re inclined to turn down the thermostat to feel comfortable. Normally, the air conditioner does an adequate job of dehumidifying the air, but sometimes it can be overwhelmed. Take measures such as these:
- Install exhaust ventilation to the outdoors.
- Fix plumbing and ceiling leaks as soon as you discover them.
- Install a whole-house dehumidifier in your HVAC system.
To learn more about helping your HVAC be more efficient, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors of Monmouth County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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