According to a recent study conducted by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the average consumer will spend about 7 percent of his or her annual income on energy, or about $2,200 per year. When you consider that the average household spends about $183 per month on electricity, and that your HVAC system accounts for nearly half of that expenditure, conserving energy and cutting costs should be on every homeowner’s mind.
With that said, here’s how to save money on your heating and cooling costs while helping your HVAC system last longer.
Change Your HVAC Filter Regularly
Changing your heating and cooling system’s air filter is the easiest way a homeowner can extend its life while saving money in energy costs. When the filter is dirty, it strains the system, which can eventually lead to breakdowns. During the hottest and coldest months of the year, when your system is working its hardest, change the filter monthly.
Clean the Air Vents Monthly
Cleaning the air vents every month is another easy way to ensure your heating and cooling system doesn’t have anything stopping it from operating efficiently. Simply vacuum the vents clean. If they’re especially dirty, unscrew them off and wipe them down with a clean cloth dipped in soapy water.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature in your home according to its programmed settings that change at different times during the day. When programmed properly, a programmable thermostat can save homeowners up to 12 percent on their heating bills and 15 percent on their cooling bills.
Adopt Energy-Efficient Practices
If you’ve decided not to upgrade your thermostat just yet, you can still adopt energy-efficient practices to ensure your heating and cooling system isn’t working too hard. Whether it’s using your ceiling fans and window coverings strategically or raising or lowering your thermostat when you aren’t at home, there are plenty of ways to conserve energy and save money.
Invest in Professional Preventative Maintenance
Of course, the number-one way to help your heating and cooling system last longer is to take care of it throughout the year. By investing in professional preventative maintenance, you prioritize your system’s health as if it were your own.
For additional information about how to conserve energy and cut utility costs, or if you’re ready to invest in professional maintenance, read on to learn about how to live an energy-efficient life or contact Pro Air Heating & Cooling at 912-826-0225. We look forward to serving you.