The start of a new year is an opportunity to make beneficial resolutions, like exercising regularly, eating healthier, or saving more. Adopting the following five HVAC resolutions can help you save by reducing your energy consumption and preventing costly equipment repairs:
Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
Improving the overall efficiency of your home can help limit energy waste and lower your monthly utility bills year-round. Two effective ways to increase your household efficiency are:
- Weatherizing the exterior to stop air leakage through gaps and cracks around doors, windows and penetrations using weatherstripping, caulk or expandable foam.
- Air sealing the attic perimeter and around all penetrations through the floor using the above-mentioned products, and insulating between the floor joists to R-60.
Give the Ductwork Some Attention
Leaky ducts that aren’t insulated properly can cause the loss of 20 percent or more of your equipment’s heating and cooling output. You can help curtail this waste by having the accessible ductwork sealed with metal-backed tape or mastic, then wrapped in R-6 duct insulation.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Scheduling semi-annual preventive maintenance for your HVAC equipment can keep it operating efficiently so it uses less energy. During these regular care visits, a skilled technician can also identify any problems that are developing, so you can get them fixed early on and avoid bigger, more costly repairs.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re still using a basic digital thermostat, upgrading to a programmable model can help you save throughout the new year. Just be sure to purchase one that matches your usual weekly schedule, then program in temperature setbacks to match your daily routine. You’ll see the greatest savings by establishing daily, eight-hour setback periods, like overnight everyone is sleeping, or during the day if no one is at home.
Check Your Air Filter Monthly
You can prevent airflow restrictions that erode your HVAC system’s efficiency by checking the air filter once a month and putting in a fresh filter whenever you see any sign of dirt accumulation.
For more HVAC resolutions to adopt in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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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