HVAC systems are essential in keeping our homes comfortable and livable, especially during extreme weather conditions. As your HVAC unit gets older, it has to work harder to maintain the desired comfort level in your home, making it less energy-efficient and more expensive to operate. Homeowners can implement energy-saving practices to ensure that their HVAC systems operate efficiently, reduce energy consumption, and save money in the long run.
A few tips from our expert team:
1. Regular maintenance and cleaning
Regular maintenance of HVAC systems can improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and prolong lifespan. Homeowners should clean or replace air filters regularly, keep outdoor units clear of debris, and have systems inspected and serviced by a professional HVAC technician at least once a year.
2. Adjusting thermostat settings
Adjusting the thermostat settings can significantly reduce energy consumption and save money on energy bills. Homeowners can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by setting the thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day, such as when asleep or away from home.
3. Upgrading insulation and weatherization
Upgrading insulation and weatherization can significantly reduce energy consumption and save money in the long run. Homeowners can seal air leaks around doors, windows, and vents, install weather stripping, and upgrade insulation in attics and walls to reduce heat loss and gain.
4. Proper use of ceiling fans
Using ceiling fans can improve air circulation and reduce the need for air conditioning during the summer. Homeowners can set their fans to rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling breeze in the summer and rotate clockwise in the winter to push warm air down.
5. Smart HVAC technology
Smart thermostats and HVAC systems can learn homeowners’ habits, adjust temperature settings based on occupancy, and be controlled remotely through a smartphone app. These systems can significantly reduce energy consumption and save money on overall energy bills.
6. Air sealing and duct sealing
Sealing air leaks in ductwork and air handlers can significantly reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality. Homeowners can seal leaky air ducts with duct sealant or aluminum tape and have their ductwork inspected by a professional HVAC technician to ensure proper installation and insulation.
Routine Maintenance is Key
Routine maintenance of your HVAC system is key to increasing its capability and energy efficiency in handling extreme weather conditions. Making sure it is in good operating condition is paramount to it being able to handle very hot and very cold outdoor conditions and keep your home comfortable inside. The chance of emergency repairs is lower if you keep your HVAC system in good shape by having regular maintenance on it, at least twice per year.
Contact Us to Help with HVAC Maintenance
Contact us today to set up an HVAC maintenance appointment to keep your system in good working order for longer, thereby keeping you comfortable and saving you more on energy costs over the long term! We service Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greater Northern Colorado.