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5 Tips to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

It seems like everywhere you go, people are discussing ways to save money and cut spending. They also like to talk about going green and helping the planet. Did you know that these two ideas go hand in hand? Grab your super hero cape and join us as we discuss 5 ways you can do your part to save the planet and make it a better place for future generations while putting some more green in your pocket as well.

Tip #1: Schedule a Tune Up

When was the last time you had a HVAC professional check your heating and cooling system? Hmm, you’re thinking too long. If you can’t remember, it’s been too long ago. It may seem like avoiding spending money on a tune up is saving you money. Just the opposite is true. In the long run you will end up spending way more on large repairs or replacement instead of investing small amounts of time and money as needed. An HVAC professional will be able to complete a thorough inspection of your unit ensuring that it is operating at peak performance. A tune up will check the unit’s longevity, cleanliness, energy efficiency, and performance.

Tip #2: Keep Filters Clean

Dirty filters reduce the life and performance of your HVAC unit. Dirt and grim restrict airflow and cause the unit to pull double shifts. Working overtime increases energy usage and reduces the unit’s lifespan. Make sure to change filters frequently. We recommend checking them monthly. If you need help remembering this vital task, give us a call. We can send someone out to do it for you. Don’t have time to pick up a filter at the store? Use our online service to order a new filter and have it delivered right to your door. No excuses! Keep your filters changed and clean.

Tip #3: Check the thermostat

Reduce your monthly bill and energy use by turning your thermostat up 5 to 10 degrees while your are away from home in the summer or turn it down 5 to 10 degrees in the winter. A digital thermostat makes it easy to adjust the temperature from your iPhone or other device, so you don’t even have to wait until you are home to cool the house off or warm it back up depending on the season.

Tip #4: Turn it off

When you are not in a room turn off the lights and ceiling fans. When an appliance is not in use, unplug it. You would be surprised how much energy a computer, coffee machine, TV, or hair dryer can use just by being plugged in.

Tip #5: Insulate and Seal Ductwork

Sealing the ductwork in your home is essential to creating an efficient and cost effective HVAC unit. When ductwork is sealed and insulated, leaks and tears are blocked which will help decrease operating costs and keep you and your family more comfortable.

These 5 tips will help you save money and the planet all year long. So, if you have not had a HVAC tune up completed in a long time, why not give us a call and have one done today? 1st AC and Heating Services is ready to improve the energy efficiency of your unit and help you save money this year. Pick up the phone and give us a call.

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