Energy Saving Strategies for your HVAC System
When it comes to operating an HVAC system, saving energy and saving money often go hand-in-hand. Below are several ways to reduce your San Rafael system’s energy usage while ensuring that you get the most for the money that you outlay every month on your utility bills.
Keep the Filters Clean
HVAC systems have filters for a reason; to ensure that a steady supply of fresh air reaches the unit. If filters are allowed to become clogged with dust, the unit must use more energy to pull the same amount of air through the intake system.
Experienced HVAC technicians are equipped to inspect and replace even hard-to-reach filters as part of a client’s annual service contract and can also provide emergency services in the event of an unexpected filter blockage.
Stay on Top of Scheduled Maintenance
Filters aren’t the only parts of an HVAC system that require regular maintenance. The ductwork, compressor, fans and other moving parts also benefit from periodic cleaning and fine tuning.
Most manufacturers recommend seasonal, semi-annual or annual service visits from a knowledgeable technician to keep an HVAC system operating at peak efficiency.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
No one likes coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. Before the invention of programmable thermostats, however, the only solution to this problem was setting the thermostat before leaving the house and allowing the HVAC system to run all day.
With a programmable thermostat, the system can be set to come on at any hour of the day or night. Many programmable thermostats can even be controlled remotely using a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Update Your Equipment
The time has never been better to check out all of the high-efficiency HVAC systems on the market, and this is especially true if your San Rafael current system is due for an upgrade.
Modern HVAC units are designed to use less energy than models that were manufactured just a few years ago, and some new systems may even come accompanied by rebates through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.
For more information on keeping your home’s HVAC system in top shape or to learn about purchasing a new, energy-efficient unit, give Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air a call at (831) 219-8644 today. We’ll take the time to answer your questions and schedule a service visit to your home in or around San Rafael, CA right away.