Keeping up with heating and cooling trends can be time-consuming. There are a few trends that are here to stay, however, some of which 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 models. 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 your home. As part of your heating and cooling system, these devices filter indoor air to help improve indoor air quality. To ensure the continue to serve in that role, indoor air quality products are often backed by a five-year parts limited warranty.
Another important aspect of your indoor environment is the moisture level inside the home. The indoor humidity can affect your family’s comfort, as well as the quality of your wood furniture and flooring. Humidifiers allow you to control humidity in your home. These small appliances add moisture to the dry air in your home, which helps your body stay hydrated and comfortable. Humidifiers 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 go out the window—or door, or attic or chimney. Sealing those leaks now is a good winter energy saving tip because it is the most cost-effective way to cut down on your heating bills during the cooler months of the year. With some simple weatherstripping and caulking, homeowners can dramatically reduce energy loss. Hiring a professional with specialized testing equipment to take on this project 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.
Most homes benefit from investing in a programmable thermostat. These types of thermostats allow you to program your heating system to best fit 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.
ABC Can Be A Trusted Advisor On HVAC Issues
By periodically evaluating your home, you may be able to find out how you can make some money-saving improvements that could be worth their cost in energy savings and improved comfort. The HVAC specialists at ABC Home & Commercial Services have been providing guidance to Texas homeowners for generations on how to best balance keeping comfortable in a home with saving on utility bills. Whether it’s making repairs, performing routine maintenance, suggesting energy improvements or installing a new unit, ABC is a trusted source of information on the latest advances in the industry and how to keep your home comfortable, year-round.