Remember a couple of weeks ago when we experienced 70-degree temperatures and thought we could switch our HVAC over to cool? Then last week happened. While the weather was definitely cruel and unusual punishment, we all know that true spring temperatures are just days away. Once again, as the weather warms up, many homeowners will officially switch on their air conditioners to stay comfortable throughout the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, if your HVAC hasn't been well maintained, you could experience inflated utility bills, hot and cold spots throughout your home, and an unwanted opportunity to replace your system long before you're ready. As such, today we'll discuss 5 ways to save money on your HVAC energy bill this Spring that will not only help you control your spending but lead to a longer HVAC lifespan.
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
Honestly, during these milder temperature days, you may not even need your air conditioner. But, on days when it is warm enough to run your HVAC on cool air, be wary of turning the temperature too low.
Keeping your thermostat too low while running the air conditioner will force your HVAC to work even harder to cool your home than necessary. In fact, your air conditioner will struggle to keep your home much cooler than 10-15 degrees cooler than external temperatures. Therefore, if it's 90 something degrees outside, your air conditioner will have to work around the clock to achieve 70-degree temperatures inside.
Rather, adjust your thermostat to 75 degrees (or higher) during the spring and summer months. This will minimize the use of your air conditioner and reduce the strain on your appliance which will ultimately prolong your HVAC's lifespan. We suggest that you program your thermostat to a higher temperature during the day (especially if you're not at home) and then cool in the later hours of the day before bedtime.
2. Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
We recommend that our customers schedule an HVAC tune-up at the beginning of spring to make sure that all systems are "GO" before the heat and humidity really sets in. During your appointment, your HVAC technician will clean and inspect the wiring and mechanical parts, make any minor repairs necessary and check that you have enough freon for the season.
Semi-annual tune-ups greatly improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and can prevent costly repairs. If you want to save money on your HVAC energy bill this spring, take the time now to schedule an HVAC tune-up.
3. Repair Any Furnace Issues NOW
On a similar note, if you experienced any issues with your furnace, go ahead and have those issues repaired now. You may or may not know that your furnace and air conditioner use the same blower and air ducts. Therefore, if you had any problems with your furnace during the colder months, it's possible that your air conditioner may have been affected. Your HVAC technician can actually check out the entire system during your tune-up, so make sure that he or she is aware of any issues you may have had so they can be addressed.
4. Open Up Your Windows (at night)
Even during the hottest months of the year, temperatures usually drop in the evenings. As such, you can generally save some money on your HVAC energy bill by turning off your air conditioner entirely at night, and opening up your windows while you sleep. If opening up the windows scares you, you can also use overhead fans in lieu of running your air conditioner.
To do this, program your thermostat to turn OFF every night at the same time. You'll subsequently want to program your thermostat to turn ON every morning after you're awake for the day. From, there, the only thing you need to worry about is turning on the fan or opening up your windows. Although, if you plan to use this approach, you may want to wait until after the pollen has blown through.
5. Invest in an Energy-Efficient HVAC System
Finally, if you want to save money on your HVAC energy bill this spring, you can always upgrade your HVAC system to a more energy-efficient system. Air conditioners rated by the EPA's Energy Star program are must more efficient and eco-friendly than non-rated systems. Just look for the EPA label on the unit when you go shopping. Simply using an Energy Star-rated system will keep your HVAC energy bill down throughout the spring and summer months.
Call Choice HVAC For All Your Cooling Needs this Spring
Just because the temperature outside may go up this spring doesn't mean that your HVAC energy bill has to. Follow the tips above to keep your air conditioner fast and efficient. Or, for more information on ways to keep your air conditioner and furnace running throughout the year, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711.