Save Money : 5 HVAC Tips From Your HVAC Contractor in San Diego
When the seasons change in San Diego, many people adjust their thermostats to accommodate changing temperatures.
Flipping the switch on your HVAC system can bring you welcome warm or cool air, but it also guarantees you a higher utility bills.
As an HVAC contractor in San Diego (Cano Heating and Air), many of our customers contact us as they are interested in cutting the costs of running their HVAC systems.
With that in mind, here are five tips from our experts that are guaranteed to help you dramatically reduce your electric bills.
We hope these will help relieve some of the fear of reaching for the thermostat this winter or summer.
1. Get your HVAC system an annual professional service
While this tip may seem a little self-serving, one of the easiest ways to reduce the running costs of an HVAC system is to keep it running in optimal condition.
It’s easy for something to go wrong with an air conditioner without you even being aware of it.
If the inner workings get either broken or clogged it will force your unit to work harder and as a result cost you more to help maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
You may not even realize this until your next energy bill arrives. Even then some people just accept this as the cost of running an air conditioner.
Scheduling an annual service from an HVAC contractor in San Diego can prevent unnecessary high utility bills and also ensure that your air conditioner works correctly and healthily.
If your HVAC system hasn’t had a service in a while, we’re happy to help you save money and make your life easier by ensuring your air conditioner is running efficiently and smoothly.
2. Make some subtle changes to your home
There are many changes you can make in your home to help make significant savings on your energy bills, here are just some simple tips to follow.
Install ceiling fans
Installing and running ceiling fans that are designed to be energy efficient can ensure significant savings compared to running your air conditioning all day.
Before you reach for the thermostat, turning on the ceiling fan should help reduce the indoor temperature if it’s just a little too warm.
If it is too hot, you can run the ceiling fans with the air conditioner, but you can raise the thermostat by anything up to six or seven degrees as the ceiling fan will help reduce the internal temperatures in your home.
Operating both together takes a lot of the burden from your air conditioner and reduces your energy bills.
Work on your windows
The sunny side of your home he’s going to be the hottest and there are some things you can do with your windows to help reduce your energy bills.
The first thing is to install awnings on the windows are facing the afternoon sun, reducing the amount of sunshine entering your home.
You can also close the drapes on the windows on the side of the house, further reducing the need for air conditioning.
Change the color of your home
If you’re repainting, buying or building a home its exterior colors are something you should consider.
Painting your home a darker color means it will absorb heat and ensure higher utility builds.
It’s also important to ensure that you have fully functioning vents in the eaves of your roof to help cooler air enter as 30% of the heat absorbed by your home comes through the roof.
Ensure your home is as airtight as possible.
By sealing up any leaks from your home, you will reduce both the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Start by ensuring all your doors, windows and your chimney are correctly sealed.
Any dryer vents, electricity or plumbing points where utilities enter your home are also as airtight as possible.
3. Select an energy efficient HVAC unit
When you’re purchasing an air conditioning unit ensure that its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number is higher than 13.
Anything lower is inefficient and will cost you much more to run, especially if you live in a warmer climate.
If you’re in the market for a window based air conditioning unit, make sure that the unit you purchase is suitable for the size of the room, bigger is not always better.
If the unit is too big, it’s going to use far too much energy that it needs to to cool the room.
4. Fully Automate Your System
Running your air conditioning units all night and all day is guaranteed to make your utility bill skyrocket.
The easiest way to avoid this is through use of a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to keep the temperature in your home balanced at all times.
Expert’s advice setting this at 78 degrees when you’re at home. But if you’re not in the house, there’s no need for the temperature to be this low, so setting it as 85 or a little higher just makes sense.
It’s important to remember that you don’t want any extreme temperature swings as this will make your air conditioning units work harder and cost you more.
5. The Placement of Your HVAC Unit
After spending decades in the HVAC industry, I’m still amazed to find air conditioning condensers in direct sunlight.
By positioning your units in a shady place and ensuring it has plenty of room to disperse any of the heated air that it is removing from your home will allow us to operate at an optimum level.
We advise that you don’t surround us with anything like hedging or shrubs because this will help ensure that debris, dirt and leaves are kept clear of the base.
You could also plant shrubs or shading trees around you’re home to reduce the impact of the sun, especially around south or west-facing walls or roofing.
In our experience, this could reduce the cost of heating your home by anything up to 30%
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