Every homeowner and business manager wants to lower costs and save money. There are many ways to do that, and finding ways to lower your utility bill is one of them. There are some obvious ways and some less obvious ones that require a professional. We will begin with the obvious and easy.
- Use Common Sense
Depending on the time of year, you want heat to stay in the building or to stay outside. You can save 15% – 30% on your utility bill by keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible, and by filling gaps in door jambs and window sills. Caulking and weather-stripping work wonders and save money.
- Keep the Sun Out
15 – 20 foot high shade trees will reduce your cooling needs by about 10%. Most solar energy is absorbed through the roof and the windows, so plant shade trees if you can. Window screens and window film will also block the sun’s heat, and you will save money.
- Keep Your System Clean
Your HVAC system works hard. It cools hot and humid air, and it heats up cold air. It moves air through the building almost every day of the year. It moves dust, pollen and pet dander as well. Regular HVAC maintenance will keep it working at maximum efficiency. If the ductwork has never been cleaned, your professional can use cameras to see if they need cleaning. If they do, the air will move more efficiently, and that will help to lower costs.
There are some things you can do yourself. Decide on the kind of filter you need, install it, and replace it as scheduled. The more dust there is clogging the filter the harder the system works, and that increases your costs.
- Arrange for Regular HVAC Maintenance
Have your HVAC system inspected twice a year. Your technician will check and clean the condenser and the air handler. He will look for frayed cables, worn parts, leaks or blockages so they can be dealt with before they either cause a breakdown, or just simply add to your monthly utility bills. Proper AC maintenance is always cheaper than an emergency call-out for an AC repair.
- Install the Most Appropriate Parts
If you do need an AC repair company to perform a repair, take it as an opportunity to see if, instead of just replacing like with like, an upgrade will save you money on your energy bill. New technology and improved designs help to lower your running costs. If you must replace a part, install the one that is the most energy efficient.