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

April 20, 2017

 

A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use fewer resources than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve efficiency and help save you money in electric costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to better your house’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless steps you can take to improve your Hattiesburg home.

  • Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny cracks can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping wherever you find leaks.
  • Use your windows. If it’s cooler when the sun goes down, turn off your your HVAC system and open the windows. When you wake up, 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 equated with keeping your home comfortable in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly looking for cooler places—like your rooms. 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 uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job easier.
  • Ensure your ducts are properly sealed to stop air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Tightly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned area.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re away from home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will go to normal when needed.
  • If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll just cost yourself more in energy.
  • Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as little as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together 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 putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances near your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning for an assessment. It might be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning at 601-292-9763. Our team 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.