Save Money During the Holidays with these HVAC Tips

Who doesn’t want to save money? Especially, during the holidays when homeowners tend to spend a bit more on entertaining guests and treating their friends and families. The good news is that there are ways to save energy by boosting your HVAC system’s efficiency. This will help you reduce energy costs during a time of the year when energy usage is typically quite high.

Tips for Saving Money on HVAC Costs This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a fun and exciting time of the year, but it can also be a time when homeowners see their energy costs go through the roof. If you want to cut down on energy costs during the holidays, use our list of helpful tips:

Adjust the thermostat when guests arrive.

Many homeowners host guests and entertain during the holiday season. This is one of the main reasons why energy usage (and costs) tend to increase during this time. The good news is that you can still save on heating and cooling costs even if you are hosting guests in your home. On those rare colder days in Florida, skip the heat when your guests arrive. Instead, turn down the thermostat and allow the extra bodies in your home to generate more warmth. For a more moderate winter day, you may want to open up your windows and allow some of the cooler fresh air to circulate the room.

Check your air filter, and replace if necessary.

Replacing your air filter regularly helps you maintain HVAC efficiency, which can lower your home energy bills. When air filters get clogged or dirty, they start to restrict airflow, which can make your HVAC system work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home comfortable. Not only will this cause your energy bills to increase, but it can also cause extra wear and tear on your heating and cooling equipment with the potential to lead to costly repairs. Homeowners should check their air filter at least once a month and replace or clean it when necessary. This is especially important during the holiday season when your HVAC equipment may be working overtime.

Schedule your annual winter maintenance visit.

With Florida’s more moderate winter weather, many homeowners may forget to have their HVAC system serviced. However, if you want to get the most life out of your HVAC equipment and maintain efficiency, it is important to get your heating and cooling system serviced at least once a year. Winter is a great time for an annual maintenance visit because Florida homeowners tend to use their AC just a bit less in the winter than in the other months. Take advantage of this down time by scheduling an HVAC tune-up to make sure that your system is running efficiently all year long.

Is a new heating or cooling system on your wish list this year? The home comfort experts at Payne Air Conditioning and Heating are ready to help you find the right HVAC system for your home comfort needs. Call us today for more information: (863) 686-6163

How You Can Reduce HVAC Service Costs

Winter is practically here, and that means your energy bills could start rising as the temperatures drop into lower numbers. These tips will help you keep your energy costs down while ensuring that your home stays comfortable, even during the coldest time of the year.

Make sure that your home is totally draft free.

Drafts can cause a lot of cold air to come in as well as allowing warm air to leak out. If you don’t want to hire an inspector, you can check for drafts yourself by slowly running an incense stick around exterior doors, windows, and even outlets. If you notice the smoke moving from the incense stick, you’ve probably got a draft. Locate the exact source of the draft and then seal with caulking. Simply caulking around windows, doors, and outlets can be a very effective way to prevent energy loss in a subtle way. Also, be mindful of drafts coming from the bottoms of exterior doors, and either purchase a few draft stoppers or make your own with an easy DIY tutorial!

If you still have a traditional manual thermostat, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat.

These days, there are many innovative versions of programmable thermostats, but the most valuable feature they offer is the ability to adjust your home’s temperature during different times of the day. By reducing the temperature setting on your thermostat for 8 hours every day or night, you can significantly reduce your energy costs. It is estimated that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 5% in energy costs. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to decrease during the hours you are sleeping or at work. Or do both for an extra bit of savings, and only run the thermostat at 72 degrees while you are awake and at home.

If your water heater isn’t currently insulated, consider purchasing a water heater insulation blanket.

Water heaters can lose a great deal of heat with warmth escaping through the outer walls of the unit. Prevent this energy loss by wrapping the unit in a blanket and watch your energy bills drop. These types of insulators can be purchased online or at many home improvement and handyman stores.

Keep in mind: Insulation blankets are not recommended for new energy efficient water heaters that are already insulated between the outside shell and the water tank. Refer to the water heater’s manufacturing label to find out how much insulation your water heater already contains before adding additional insulation.

Let the sun provide your home with free heat.

Use those south facing windows to you and your energy bill’s advantage. By opening up blinds on windows and allowing the sun to shine in, you can add a significant amount of warmth to a room. And, since your home will be a touch warmer, your heating system won’t need to work as hard to keep the air in your home at a comfortable temperature.

Are you looking for more ways to save on HVAC costs in the new year? Contact us today to find out how we can help optimize your HVAC system.