Who doesn’t like good tips for saving money on that dreaded energy bill? With heating season upon us, now is a great time to look ahead to cutting costs on your HVAC energy usage — without necessarily curbing comfort. Here’s how:
Use a Smart Thermostat
Cutting costs can be difficult if you don’t have complete control over the thermostat. How many times have you forgotten to adjust the thermostat only to pay higher energy bills or to come home to a very uncomfortable temperature? Invest in a smart thermostat for cutting costs and you can enjoy home comfort and cut HVAC costs this heating season.
Simple Maintenance Tips
As a responsible homeowner, you certainly want to take care of your HVAC systems so that they run in optimal condition. Here are a few easy maintenance tips to utilize this heating season:
- Filter changes: Keep enough good air filters on hand to last through the heating months. Check the filter each month and don’t let it get too clogged with dirt. This simple task helps cut up to 10% of your HVAC-related costs.
- Vents: Make sure all air vents are open so as not to block free airflow from air supply to air-return grilles.
- Pro maintenance: Schedule professional HVAC maintenance to ensure your furnace or heat pump is in peak condition.
Check the Attic
A well-sealed and insulated attic is a great way for cutting costs this heating season. Make sure the attic hatch closes tightly without any air leakage. Use weatherstripping around the hatch or door for a tight seal. Follow that up with a can of expanding, insulating spray foam for openings around pipes, lighting, and wiring.
Do you have enough insulation in your attic? Insulate up to R-60, which is the highest amount recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy for homes in the Indy area. R-60 is approximately 15 to 18 inches of fiberglass rolls or loose fill.
To learn more about cutting costs on your HVAC bill, contact the professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today!