Your HVAC system can be the largest consumer of energy in your house. It is estimated that heating and cooling can be responsible for 40% of your power bill. Therefore, it makes sense to try and conserve power wherever possible. Here are some tips to save energy and money and have your system run efficiently.
Change your air filter every month if possible, this is very important during summer and winter when your system is working harder and longer. A dirty filter can slow down air flow and your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your building warm or cool using more energy. A dirty filter will allow debris and dirt to build up leading to the system failing or requiring maintenance and not running as efficiently as possible. Plan for a yearly tune up and maintenance check. This can catch small problems before they become big ones and allow your system to be efficient throughout the year.
Installing a programmable thermostat makes your system more efficient. You can operate them now from your smartphone, meaning your system can rest during the day and you can adjust the temperature an hour before you arrive home to achieve your ambient temperature. Make sure your ducts are insulated and sealed, this can improve HVAC system efficiency as much as 20%. The most important ones to seal are those found in the garage, basement, crawlspaces and attic. After sealing them, wrap them in insulation to keep them from getting too hot or cold depending on the season.
If your HVAC system is older than ten years, consider upgrading to a new, modern system with an Energy star rating. Products with this rating are energy efficient and will save you money on your power bill.