Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency

 

A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in energy costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless steps you can take to improve your West Palm Beach home.

  • Secure any leaks around your windows and doors. Even small cracks can let heat or cool air disappear from your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks.
  • Use your windows. If it’s cooler when the sun goes down, turn off your AC and open the windows. In the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows.
  • Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is normally connected to keeping your home cozy in the cold season, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly looking for cooler locations—like your house. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from going through your attic and walls.
  • Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are open. That makes your air conditioner’s job easier.
  • Make sure your ducts are correctly sealed to stop air leaks and insulate them if necessary. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Tightly sealing and insulating ducts is even more vital if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned room.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re away from home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will get back to normal when needed.
  • If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home faster, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll only cost yourself more in energy.
  • Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill low, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% each year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its average setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in partnership with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without changing your comfort.
  • Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re leaving lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for too long because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
  • Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc for an evaluation. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc at 561-612-0242. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.
 
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