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Tips For Reducing HVAC Energy Costs

Nest ThermostatThe climate in Prescott is relatively mild. That’s one of the reasons people enjoy living here. When we get a heat wave or cold snap, we can experience a spike in our heating and cooling bill. There are ways to keep costs under control and Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating has a few helpful ideas.

1. Keep up with regular maintenance
Chances are you have a maintenance plan in place for your HVAC system; if not, it’s a good idea to schedule semi-annual service with a qualified HVAC service company. They can ensure that parts are in good working order and set them to the most efficient settings.

2. Operate your HVAC system at optimum and stable temperatures
Many systems have optimum temperature ranges that ensure they’re using energy efficiently. We like to set temperatures to our own comfort level. Check your owner’s manual or with your service technician to find out the most energy-efficient temperature range. It’s also a good idea to avoid fluctuating temperatures too frequently – such as turning the AC way down on a hot day – Each degree that you raise the thermostat saves 3 – 5% on your air conditioning costs. 76° – 78° are the most energy saving settings.

3. Seal your home from drafts
Most people think about stopping air infiltration in colder winter months, but it’s also crucial during AC season – any air leak in your home robs your HVAC system of efficiency since that heated or cooled air is lost. Ensure that all windows are shut and that doors have good weather seals before turning on the HVAC system.

4. Beef up your insulation
Particularly in older homes, inadequate insulation is another factor that can lead to losing heated or cooled air from the home. Generally 15” – 20” should be used in the attic. Walls need as much insulation as will fit in them. If you’re unsure about your home’s insulation levels, consult with an energy auditor or insulation professional for guidance.

5. Turn down the thermostat
Setting the thermostat to the coolest temperature in the winter or highest temperature you find comfortable can seem like a small step, but the energy savings can be substantial. Try setting the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours (usually at bed time) during the heating season. It can save you 5 to 15 percent in heating bills each year. You can save energy by keeping your thermostat at 68°.

6. Use a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can go a long way in to help reduce energy use when you’re not home. The less your HVAC system has to work to maintain comfortable temperature levels that aren’t necessary because no one is home, the more savings you’ll see on your heating or cooling bill.

7. Change your air filters once a month.
Dirty filters reduce air flow and cause the HVAC to run inefficiently. Clean filters increase uninterrupted air flow.

8. Use curtains, blinds and drapes to help control temperatures
Window coverings can have a big effect on your home’s heating or cooling load. In cooler months, take advantage of the sun’s free warmth by keeping curtains, blinds or drapes open. Close them at night to keep the warmth in. the insulation between the glass and your home interior. In the summer, keep window coverings closed during the day to reduce temperatures.

If it still appears that your HVAC is not running efficiently, give Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 928-308-1254. A technician can answer your questions. We’re available 24 hours a day for emergency service.