Air conditioning and heating can be some of the most expensive use of energy in any household, but when one of the systems breaks down, we find that we cannot live without them. In many states that experience below freezing temperatures, heating is essential. It keeps people from experiencing hypothermia and frost bite in the home. Air conditioning is less essential even in the warmest of states as long as there is plenty of clean water for drinking.
To keep the costs of heating a home down, it is important to turn down the thermostat to a level that is just below comfortable for everyone. Between 63 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit is a good range to shoot for. That may mean wearing more clothes and cuddling up with one another, but the savings on the electric or gas bill will be well worth it.
Putting the thermostat on a timer is also a good idea. The timer can be set so that the thermostat automatically lowers at a time when everyone is out of the house. The temperature can then be brought back up before everyone comes home. It doesn’t make much sense to heat a home when no one is in it, and the temperatures are above freezing.
The same ideas holds true for air conditioning. In the summer, keeping the thermostat set for between 73 and 75 degrees will help keep the home cool while not using a tin of energy to do so. The difference is that there are only so many clothes that one can remove, and unless you live alone, walking around the home naked may be frowned upon.
A thermostat on a timer can also help with the bills. Again, it doesn’t make sense to cool down a home when no one is in it. Set the thermostat for 78 degrees when everyone is out of the home and have the timer set to cool the home down just before people come back home. The savings will be worth it.
For any air conditioning or heating system, it is important to keep the system running as efficiently as possible. That may mean switching out the filter in a timely manner. It is easy to remove a furnace filter, simply turn off your furnace and remove the front plate. At the bottom your furnace may have another plate, which must be removed. The furnace filter will be located in the bottom section on the side. Repairing your light will save you a lot of money compared to purchasing a new one. Make sure you have purchased a new filter to install so you do not need to keep the furnace off for a long period of time. Install the new filter and put the faceplates back in place before turning the power back on. If your furnace does not turn back on; you may need to remove the faceplates again as they may not be clicked into place.
Hire an HVAC expert to work on larger problems with your home’s heating and cooling system. With the appropriate servicing each year, you can increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and reduce your energy bill.
Are you suffering from expensive heating and cooling bills? Use these simple tips to manage your home’s heating and cooling system and start saving on your energy bill!