While summer and winter air conditioning needs present regular concerns for energy bills and maintenance, fall is actually the ideal time to increase savings. Not only can you start to put some extra cash in your pocket, but you can also lower your bills in fall as you have less need for air conditioning. You will also be able to save money in the coming months as you increase the efficiency of your home and HVAC system. Follow these tips to start saving money and energy in your Spring Lake, North Carolina, home.
Change Your Filters
It’s important to change or clean the filters regularly. Check the manufacturer’s specifications or consult your HVAC technician for information regarding caring your filter. Dirty filters restrict airflow, causing your HVAC system to work extra hard to produce the same results. Clean filters allow air to pass through freely while also effectively removing dust and other contaminants from the air. This helps to lower your energy usage and improve your indoor air quality.
Consider an Upgrade
If your heating or cooling system is 10 years old or older, it’s time to consider an upgrade. After more than a decade of operation, efficiency falls considerably, causing exorbitant energy bills. Luckily, fall is an ideal time to purchase a new air conditioner. Many contractors move older inventory to make way for the coming year’s lineup, and this often represents savings for you. Once you’ve found the right unit for your tastes, give us a call for all your air conditioning installation needs.
Program Your Thermostat Correctly
Fall is an unpredictable season as temperatures rise and fall making HVAC programming a little difficult. One of the handiest and most innovative new products in the HVAC world is the smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are far more accurate than older models, and they have easy-to-use programs that help regulate temperature with just the touch of a button.
When you set your weekly program, the smart thermostat will adhere to your specifications, and over time, will even adjust temperatures based on your usage. In addition, a smart thermostat provides maintenance and filter change alerts and shows real-time energy usage. Many are even Wi-Fi compatible so that you can make updates remotely. For the tech guru or someone who wants to save money and add some versatility to the home, a smart thermostat is a no-brainer. An essential feature of these thermostats is that they provide weather forecasts for up to seven days and specific to your neighborhood.
Open the Windows
The cooler fall temperatures mean that you can give your HVAC system a rest. Open your doors and windows, and let nature take its course. Opening windows also helps to remove stale or stagnant air from the home to improve your indoor air quality.
Use Your Ceiling Fans Wisely
You can use your ceiling fans to help with heating and cooling. The direction in which the blades spin will make a difference. When it’s cold, you want fans to circulate warm air, so make sure that they are set to spin in a clockwise direction. A counter-clockwise setting is to be used for cooling. Using your ceiling fan with your air conditioning system will help you to reduce reliance on it so you save more energy.
Poor insulation in walls, attics, and even your air ducts causes your HVAC system to work harder to produce the same results, causing a spike in your bills. Your technician will show you areas in your home that need insulation. You should have your ducts inspected and repair in leaks.
You can reduce your energy bill significantly this fall. Follow these simple tips or call the experts at Bass Air Conditioning Company for professional advice, maintenance, or any other HVAC concern. Give us a call today at 910-778-1536.
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