Keeping up with seasonal HVAC trends in home comfort is often a time- and money-consuming challenge. There are a few trends that are here to stay, however, and some of those options can also help reduce your energy bills year after year. Our team at ABC Home & Commercial Services has compiled the following suggestions to help you save money now and for years to come.
Heating & Cooling Trends
Today’s air conditioners and heat pumps can be up to 40 percent more energy efficient than older, less efficient units. The money homeowners can save in reduced energy bills by purchasing a new, high-efficiency system is often worth the investment.
A good air cleaner can help trap many of the pollutants that may be traveling through the home. As part of the heating and cooling system, a new line of electronic air cleaners filters indoor air to help improve indoor air quality. To ensure years of service, indoor air quality products are often backed by a five-year parts limited warranty.
Additionally, moisture levels in the home can affect your family’s comfort and the quality of your wood furniture and flooring. Humidifiers add moisture to the dry air in your home, which helps your body stay hydrated and comfortable. They can also help protect wood furniture and floors by maintaining the right levels of indoor humidity to prevent damage caused by dry indoor air.
Home Renovations Help Lower Costs
On average, about 25 percent of your heating bills goes out the window—or door, or attic, or chimney. Sealing those leaks now is the most cost-effective way to cut down on your heating bills this winter. This is where home renovations can make a major impact. With some simple weatherstripping and caulking, homeowners can dramatically reduce energy loss. Hiring a professional with specialized testing equipment can result in even greater energy savings.
While windows and doors are the obvious culprits for air leakage, significant air loss can also occur in the attic, around ducts, through fireplace dampers, through mail slots, through cracks in exterior walls, around the openings where utilities and plumbing enter the house, and through the basement walls and floors.
It might also be useful to invest in a programmable thermostat. These allow you to program your heating system to your family’s schedule and lifestyle. A programmable thermostat can help you reduce your energy bill by cooling your home only when you need it. With a programmable thermostat, your cooling system can work at a more cost-efficient temperature while you’re away from home and lower the temperature to cool your home just before you return.
Learn More About HVAC Trends & Home Renovations
Overall, it’s extremely important to evaluate your home to find out how you can make some money-saving improvements that could be worth their cost in energy savings and improved comfort. By keeping up with current HVAC trends and performing small home renovations, you may be surprised by the increase in savings. To learn more, contact our team at ABC Home & Commercial Services.