hvac cost savingsIf you find yourself sending more money to Uncle Sam this year, we definitely understand your pain. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few HVAC cost-savings techniques that will help you lower your heating and cooling costs during tax season and beyond.

Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

Manual thermostats are out and programmable thermostats are in. These technological wonders provide much greater control over the heating and cooling of your home by allowing you to put your equipment on a set schedule.

Seal Air Leaks Around Your Home

When a large amount of air is allowed to leak from your home, this will increase the amount of time that your HVAC equipment is running, which drives up energy costs. Check for any drafts — particularly around your doors and windows — and seal them up to solve the problem.

Upgrade Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioners will often last 15 years, but once yours hits the 10-year mark, you might want to start thinking about replacement, especially if it’s been repaired a few times. Even though this is a somewhat high-ticket item, newer models are more energy-efficient, which means they’ll save you money in the long run.

Increase Your Home’s Insulation

When you don’t have enough insulation in certain areas of your home, the cool air will escape while allowing the heat from outside to seep in. You can probably add insulation yourself, but if you need assistance, reach out to a professional HVAC technician.

Make the Switch to CFL Bulbs

Thomas Edison might not like the switch to energy-efficient CFL bulbs, but at least he would take solace in knowing that newer models are now similar in appearance to those that he helped shepherd into society. Switch to these fluorescent bulbs and you’ll not only cut down on the amount of energy they use, you’ll also curb cooling costs because they give off less heat.

If you need further help with HVAC cost savings or other home-comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1970.