The hottest months of the year are quickly approaching — and before summer starts, you’ll want to make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning system is working at its best. Experts recommend that you tune up your home’s heating and cooling system once a year to make sure it’s in good repair and working condition.
Routinely tuning up your heating and cooling system won’t just prevent emergencies like your air conditioning failing on the hottest day of the year, however. By regularly maintaining this system, you can save hundreds of dollars each year by making your system more energy efficient.
Want to make sure your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system will be as energy efficient as possible all summer long? Start saving hundreds on your energy bills with these three essential HVAC tune-ups this spring:
If you haven’t already, invest in a programmable thermostat
One of the simplest ways to boost your HVAC energy efficiency is also one of the most immediately effective. By installing a programmable thermostat — a procedure you can even do yourself — you can save as much as $180 each year in energy costs. This is because a programmable thermostat can be set to turn off while you’re away at work, and to only heat or cool certain rooms of your house.
Consider replacing your HVAC system with a more efficient unit
Did you know that even the most well-maintained HVAC system only has an average lifespan of about 12 to 15 years? If you haven’t had your heating and air conditioning unit replaced since then, it might simply be time for a system upgrade. Today’s HVAC units are significantly more energy efficient than those manufactured even 10 years ago. The upfront costs of a new HVAC system will be paid off many times over by your long-term energy savings.
Don’t forget your HVAC filters
Many homeowners forget about their HVAC filters, but you shouldn’t. Homeowners should ideally be changing out their old, dirty HVAC filters for new, clean ones at least once every three months, and more often during the summer. Not only will this cut your energy bills — new air filters will keep your indoor air quality high, ridding the air of allergens like dust, pollen and dirt.