Your Guide To Efficient Home Heating

While leaving your HVAC system running can make for a cozy home, it doesn’t make for a cozy energy bill. Here are some energy-saving tips that can save you money now during the colder months and prepare your home for when the heat comes back next season.

Set And Forget Your Thermostat

While it can be tempting to raise or lower your thermostat to any temperature you want, every degree can increase costs towards your energy bills. To save money, you can set your thermostat between 68 to 72 degrees since your HVAC system will not use as much energy to regulate the temperature in your home. You can also help by opening a few windows to cool your home.

If you don’t want to be messing around with your thermostat often, consider installing a smart thermostat! Smart thermostats can learn your preferences and find the most optimal temperature to save you money.

Insulate Your Home (And Wallet)

Insulating your home is not just for keeping the heat in during the winter but also for keeping the heat out during the summer.

First up, look for air leaks. Inspect your windows and doors for drafts, and if you find an air leak, seal it by caulking and weatherstripping the gaps. In doing so, you’ll help your HVAC system run more efficiently as air won’t be seeping in or out of any crevices.

Windows and doors are just part of your insulation process; next, you’d want to make sure your ductwork (if applicable) is also properly insulated to avoid energy loss. Likewise, if your home does not have adequate insulation in the floors or walls, installing proper insulation will cut down your bills over time.

Maintain Your HVAC System

It should go without saying, but you should make sure your HVAC system has been inspected recently. If HVAC systems are not properly maintained, they may not cool or heat your home as efficiently — thus driving up your energy bills. Scheduling regular maintenance can help your system last longer, which in turn lowers your risk of needing repairs or a full replacement.

If you’re ready to schedule a maintenance service, our pros here at Griffin Mechanical, LLC are ready for your call!

Clean Your Filters

Using your HVAC system frequently puts your system’s filters through some heavy work. Filters will collect a lot of dust, grime, and other allergens to ensure your air quality indoors is suitable for your home. As such, it’s imperative to clean and/or replace your filters when necessary. By not doing so, you run the risk of having poor air quality as well as increased utility bills. With a dirty air filter, your HVAC system will not work as efficiently and will have to use more energy to cool your home. Now is an excellent time to check your air filters, and replace or clean them, depending on the type of filters your system uses.

While there are many ways to save money and energy, regular HVAC maintenance is still an important step in cutting costs. So contact Griffin Mechanical, LLC at (615) 502-3030 and we’ll help you save money!