HVAC Tips To Lower Your Electric Bill

Utility bills increase dramatically in the winter and summer months when you need to crank up the heat and the air conditioning. Save money and stay comfortable by following these tips to keep your electric bill down

Consider a place with a window unit

Window units only use 500 - 1440 watts of electricity. Central air uses 3500 watts of electricity. Of course, central air also adds value to your home and controls the temperature much better. However, if you're looking for a lower electric bill, a window unit might be the best option for you. 

Use programmable thermostats

You don't need to keep the temperature in your home cool while you're at work or sleeping. Adjusting the temperature of your house by just ten degrees for eight hours a day can result in 10% saving on your utility bills annually. It can be hard to remember to do that every day, though. Programmable thermostats make the adjustments for you. 

Change your air filters

Most HVAC systems recommend that you change the air filter every month. Changing the air filter is similar to changing the lint filter in your dryer. It gets rid of any dust and other items that might prevent proper air flow.

Properly insulate your home

Proper insulation will prevent cool or warm air from coming into your home. This means that your HVAC system won't need to work as hard. 

Install new windows

Get energy efficient windows. Similarly to updating the insulation in your home, this will prevent the warm and cool air from getting inside in the first place. Look for windows with an ENERGY STAR sticker. 

Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans only use 50% of the amount of energy that it takes to cool a room Operating them is significantly cheaper, too! Central AC units cost an average of $128.60/ month to operate. Window units cost an average of $50.40/ month to operate. Ceiling fans cost an average of $1.20/ month to operate. You can also use standing fans. 

Perform regular maintenance

If unattended, your HVAC system can lose 5% of its efficiency every year. Prevent this by calling an HVAC electrican to perform maintenance every year. Maintenance only costs roughly $70 - $100, and it can save you 15% on your utility bills. It will also keep your HVAC system from breaking down. Replacing your air conditioning can cost thousands of dollars.

Contact companies like Henry's Service All for more information about how to save on your electricity bill.