Spring can be a strange time for weather in Columbus. You never know if it’s going to be hot and sunny or cold and rainy which can make it difficult to be energy efficient. Despite all the variable weather we get. There are still some tried-and-true methods of maximizing your efficiency and keeping your utility bill to a minimum. If you complete this 7-step guide to energy saving, then you can relax this spring knowing that you won’t be overspending on your utility bills.
1. Install installation. For some reason, people seem to think winter is the only time insulation will help reduce their energy bills, but insulation offers year-round savings on heating and cooling costs. The EPA estimates that the average home can save about 20% on their energy costs by adding insulation. Plus, it’s easier to schedule insulation installation service in the spring.
2. Seal HVAC ducts. Making sure your ducts are airtight will help with both heating and cooling costs. Make sure you use special foil tape to seal any leaks as duct tape will easily wear out.
3. Get a programmable thermostat. Technology has advanced into the heating and cooling business and programmable thermostats are the new “smart” devices. During the winter and summer when weather is predictable, the thermostat will sync your schedule with your heating and cooling to optimize efficiency. For unpredictable spring weather, you have the option of controlling the thermostat from your smartphone.
4. Clean A/C filters and coil. Regularly replacing filters will improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems, and cleaning your condenser coil once every 2 years will help everything run smoothly. Just doing these two things can save you $8.33 a month.
5. Open your windows. In the winter, open your blinds to let the sun naturally warm your home. During the summer, you can save energy by turning off the A/C and let the summer breeze cool your home.
6. Add humidity. Installing a whole-house humidifier can have health benefits, as well as offer energy savings. Dry air feels colder so adding some humidity into your home can make you more comfortable with the thermostat turned down a few degrees.
7. Weatherstrip and caulking. Finding all those nooks and crannies where air is escaping is a quick and easy way to save energy. If the weather is extremely hot or cold and you have to run your heating or cooling, you want your home as airtight as possible.
For more tips on how to save money on your utility bill, check out Popular Mechanic’s article and for help with any of these tasks or to assess the energy efficiency of your home, contact the heating and cooling experts at Atlas Butler.