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