Everyone is always looking to save a few bucks no matter what the season is in Haverhill. One of the best ways can be through your HVAC system, which homeowners can often overlook as a viable saving option. Of course you never want to compromise your comfort levels inside your home, but Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has a few tips on small and large changes you can make to save money on your heating and cooling costs:
- Schedule annual maintenance – We know we sound like a broken record, but the best way to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and without extra costs is through regularly scheduled maintenance from a professional. An efficiently running system is less likely to give you trouble, therefore saving you money by not having unwanted repair and replacement costs. When your technician comes each year to check your heating and cooling system, make sure to ask how much life they think your unit has left – systems that are more than 10 years old may be costing you more than just buying a newer, more efficient system.
- Check your registers – a small and easy thing that you can do at any time is checking your air registers, where your warm or cool air is pushed through to enter your home. Make sure that your air registers are clear of any obstructions, including furniture, toys, carpeting, drapes, etc. When your air vents are clear, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to push the air into your home, thus saving energy and some money. Another helpful hint is to partially close the registers in rooms that aren’t occupied as often as others, including guest rooms, bathrooms and closets. Don’t close too many air registers, however, because closing more than about 35% of your registers might cause your system to work harder than it normally would.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat can adjust to your exact heating and cooling needs, instead of just letting your system run all the time, even when no one is home. Most programmable thermostats are digital or WiFi-enabled so you don’t have to worry about continually adjusting the temperature throughout the day. You can set your system to heat or cool your home at certain times when you would like the air colder or warmer. As an added tip for additional money saving, turn down the temperature in your house a few degrees at night during the winter and just add an extra blanket to your bed to make up that additional warmth.
Taking steps to reduce your energy costs will not only benefit your wallet but also the life of your HVAC system. What’s better than lowering your monthly bills while also making a positive change in energy efficiency? If you are interested in learning more about how to save a few bucks with your heating and cooling system or if you would like to learn more about programmable thermostats and how they might benefit your home, give the experts at Climate Zone in Haverhill a call at (978) 872-1190.