The average U.S. household spends about half its energy bills on heating and cooling the home.
Routinely cleaning or replacing your filters can lower your air conditioners energy consumption by 5-15 percent!
Annual maintenance by a certified HVAC technician can help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your systems as well as prolong its life.
If your heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment to save money and increase comfort. Today’s equipment can reduce the systems energy consumption by 20 to 50 percent over systems from just 10 years ago.
One of the first steps you should consider in your home before upgrading your heating and cooling systems is to reduce your load (i.e. how much heating and cooling you actually use). Reducing your home’s load allows existing equipment to operate less frequently and newer equipment to be designed smaller, thereby lowering energy costs. Common strategies to reduce your home’s load include:
- Installing and setting a programmable thermostat could help you save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs.
- Sealing your homes’ envelope and adding insulation to reduce air leakage. No matter how efficient your HVAC system is, if the home is not properly sealed and insulated you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder and cost more to operate.
- Have the ductwork inspected. About 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.
- Reducing the solar heat coming through windows by using window tints.
- Upgrading lighting using LED and CFL bulbs and dimmer fixtures.
- Installing energy-efficient windows such as Energy Star qualified windows.
Once you’ve addressed these areas, you can then make the most of your heating and cooling equipment dollars.
For more tips download the Energy Star Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling.