Did you know that your HVAC unit can be the single most important element when you need to lower your energy bill? There are several factors to optimizing the performance of your unit. Some of these aspects you have to take responsibility for, others require the service of an experienced technician.
At AC Las Vegas, we are experts in installation and repair of HVAC units. We’ve compiled a few key aspects to keep in mind if you are serious about lowering your energy bill.
Shopping for a New Unit
It’s no secret that heating and air conditioning units are more efficient than ever before. But the energy rating isn’t the only thing to take into account. You need to hire a company that will take very accurate measurements of your home and do a thorough inspection. Your new unit won’t reach peak efficiency unless it is the right size for your home.
Keeping Your Existing Unit Effective
So you aren’t shopping for a new unit, but still want to lower your energy costs. The first order of business should be checking to see if your air filter is clean. A dirty filter will impede air flow and force your unit to work harder, using more energy. Periodic maintenance performed by a professional is also a great way to make sure your heating and air conditioning unit is running at peak performance. You should plan on having this done twice a year.
Adjust Your Thermostat
You should be making daily changes to your thermostat throughout the year. In the winter, set your thermostat 10 or 15 degrees lower when you are going to be asleep or at work. In the summer, set the temperature higher. If you are going out for the weekend, adjust the temperature even further in either direction, depending on the time of year.
This simple act can knock 15% off your energy costs. That’s not an insignificant savings by any means. If you have an older, dial type of thermostat, you’ll have to remember to make these changes manually. However, many homes today have programmable thermostats. Just set up your requirements and let the thermostat do the rest.