Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use fewer resources than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in utility costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless things you can do take to improve your Kingsville home. Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even small gaps can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your AC and open the windows. After you get up in the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to keep the cooler air in and to avoid heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is generally connected to keeping your home warm in the cold season, but it also helps you out in the warmer season. Heat is constantly looking for cooler locations—like your rooms. Sufficient insulation prevents heat from going through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are clear. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated. Ensure your ducts are correctly sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more important if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned area. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency easy. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home faster, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll just cost yourself more in energy. Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill inexpensive, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as little as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its usual setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in partnership with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without impacting your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances near your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for too long because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling. Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC for an assessment. It could be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov. If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC at 361-214-1203. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.