2021 is here at last, which means that not only are we faced with a new start and fresh resolutions, but it’s also time to set our financial goals for the year. If you’re like many of us and are looking to save more money this year, one way to do so is to spend less on your energy costs by running your HVAC system more efficiently. Below, our expert heating and cooling professionals discuss five ways you can save money on your energy bills.
Close Your Curtains or Blinds
During the summer especially, the hot rays of the sun beaming in through your windows can actually cause the temperature inside your home to increase, meaning you’ll spend more energy and money to keep cool. Close your blinds or curtains, particularly during the middle of the day, to keep your home comfortable and your money in your wallet.
Don’t Waste Money on Heating or Cooling the Outside
Unless you’ve just moved into a new-build, chances are you’re letting air (and your money) escape out of poorly insulated doors and windows. Check to see if the air is getting out of your home by standing outside and running your hand along with your doors and windows, feeling for any escaping air. If it is, caulk around your windows and insulate your doors.
If you need help, our team at Air Solutions is here. We can perform an audit of your home to help you identify and fix any air leaks or insulation problems.
Set and Maintain Proper Boundaries
Did you know that by maintaining proper boundaries you can save up to 20% on your energy costs? All you need to do is close off vents to the areas of your home that you don’t use, such as extra bedrooms. The heated or cooled air is then routed to the areas you use most, requiring less energy, and money, to keep you and your family comfortable.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you haven’t already, upgrading to a programmable thermostat will help you save money. A smart thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II XL1050 by Trane will help you lower your energy costs by maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your home using zoning technology. Additionally, these programmable thermostats have the ability to learn your home comfort habits and adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. The best part is you can access everything you need to manage your system right from your smartphone, so it makes staying on top of your system simple and easy.
Replace Your Old Unit
If your HVAC system is ten years old or older, you may not see a drastic change in your energy costs, even if you do all of the above. Older units are much less efficient than newer ones, even when running smoothly. If it’s time to make an upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient heating and cooling system, our team can help. We’ll work with you to help you decide which replacement is best for you. Fortunately, Trane offers a variety of systems, including the highly efficient XC95m furnace or the XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed Air Conditioner.
Contact Our East Texas HVAC Professionals Today
For more information about our heating and cooling system selection, or to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.