It seems that energy costs rise a little more each year. As a homeowner, you're probably looking for ways to decrease the cost of cooling your home for the summer. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help reduce how much it costs you to keep your home comfortable as the temperatures outside soar.
Maintain the Cooling System
So many people neglect the cooling system in their homes. They figure, if it works, it doesn't need any attention, but the truth is, even when a cooling system is working, it might not be working as efficiently as it should.
If there is one thing that can derail your quest for heating and air conditioning efficiency, it is the issue of air leaks. Use these tips and tests to find out if your house has air leaks:
Visual Inspection Outdoors
In some cases, air leaks leave visible gaps or signs of damage that you can rely upon for the diagnosis. Therefore, talk a walk around the house and look for these signs if you suspect your house is experiencing air leaks.
HVAC systems are complex and very much benefit from regular maintenance and checkups. Spring and Fall are important times to do this maintenance as the changing seasons usually mean the activation of heating or cooling that has been dormant for months. The first cold snap and the first warm day of the year are when HVAC contractors start to get a ton of calls, and calendars fill up quickly. It is important to get ahead of that and schedule the checkups before the seasons change.
Your home's water heater is one of the major energy using appliances in your home, and as such can quickly drive up your energy bills – especially in the winter months, where a lower temperature in your home means that your water heater has to work harder to provide the same amount of hot water. Over time, this can prove to be a fairly significant expense. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the amount of energy that your water heater uses and save money on your energy bills throughout the year.
Do you rarely use the central heating system in your house due to it being hot outside for the majority of the year? If the system is always in bad shape when it comes time to use it, the problem might be due to it sitting idle for the majority of the year. The best way to prevent the problem from happening is to contact a heating service to give the system ocassional tune-ups.