5 Ways to Save Energy & Money
There are many ways to save on your energy costs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
1. Dirty Filter
Filters are in place to keep your indoor air clean. But as they collect more and more contaminants, they can do more harm than good in your system. If neglected, a filter’s accumulated dust can begin to restrict the airflow in your home. This means your heating and air conditioning will use more energy to move the same amount of air. Check your filter size and go buy a few replacements. Its recommended to replace a home’s air filter every once every season.
2. Leaking Air Ducts
It is common for duct work to be installed with gaps or to develop leaks over time. When air leaks out of your air ducts, your HVAC system needs to run longer to push the conditioned air to your thermostat. The wasted effort can accumulate in significant energy costs over time. Part of regular home maintenance includes sealing any leaks that develop in your duct work.
3. Clogged Dryer Vent
Your dryer probably doesn’t dry clothes as well as it did when you first bought it. One of the main reasons for this is that dryer exhausts get clogged with lint over time. When a dryer vent is clogged, the dryer needs to run longer to dry the same amount of clothes. Not only is this a big waste of energy, but it is also a notable fire hazard.
Air conditioning systems have two coils, one called the evaporator coil and a second one called the condenser coil. Coils are heat transfer devices that make heat removal possible. If either of these coils becomes dirty and partially blocked by dust and debris or by layers of mold or mildew, its efficiency and air flow across the coil drops significantly. Under these conditions, the system has to run longer to achieve the required cooling effect inside the house. It runs more, costing more and it also tends to need repair or replacement more quickly.
5. Unbalanced Air Ducts
Most homeowners don’t know what it means to balance an air duct system but balance is one of the most important steps to optimizing your home’s airflow and energy efficiency. Controls on your inline dampers allow you to close off airflow to vents closer to the furnace while opening vents further away. This eliminates excessive running of you HVAC system by making sure that the air pressure is the same in each vent throughout the house. Ask your HVAC specialist to help balance temperature differences in your house.