How to lower your HVAC costs

Summer is just around the corner and with the temperature set to rise, the use of air conditioning will become inevitable. However, with increasing usage of your air conditioning system comes the worry of higher energy bills. So, how do you achieve a cool and comforting environment within your home this summer without seeing a spike in your energy expenses? Here are seven practical tips that you can use to keep both your home’s temperature and energy bills under control. 

1. Schedule a pre-summer tune-up 

Before the summer season begins, it’s essential to schedule an HVAC tune-up service with a reputable heating and air conditioning company. The reason being, with an idle winter and less than busy spring your air conditioning system may have developed issues that could end up hampering its functioning during the heat season. During the tune-up service, the technician will clean and inspect the unit, replace any worn-out parts, and check the refrigerant levels to ensure that the system is equipped and capable of operating at peak efficiency.

2. Check and replace air filters

If your air filters are unclean, it could lead to a restricted airflow which will make your HVAC system work harder and consume more energy. You could avoid this by ensuring routine replacement of your air filters. Depending on the type of filters your system requires, you may either need to change the filters every month or every few months. 

3. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat

By optimizing your home’s temperature settings, a programmable thermostat provides an effective way to reduce your regular HVAC costs. It tailors your home’s heating and cooling schedule to fit your everyday schedule and prevents energy from being wasted on pointless heating or cooling, particularly when you’re away or asleep. Think of it as a smart device that intelligently controls your HVAC system and saves you a lot of money on your electricity costs.

4. Identify and close air gaps 

Your HVAC system will need to work harder to keep your home cool if there are leaks or gaps in your house. Because gaps or leaks will result in cool air escaping outside and hot air coming into your home. Plug leaks or holes around windows, doors or ducting by using weather stripping, caulk or insulation. 

5. Install a high-efficiency HVAC system

A great way to bring down your energy bills is by upgrading from an old or updated HVAC system to a high-efficiency system. The reason is, high-efficiency HVAC systems use less energy to cool your home which will lead to significant savings in your energy bills. Additionally, they are more environmentally friendly and reduce your carbon footprint. 

6. Use fans to cool your home 

You could reduce the cooling burden of your air conditioning system by using fans. Ceiling fans in your living spaces will circulate cool air throughout your home, which will mean your HVAC system will not have to work as hard as it usually would, to cool your spaces. You will see a drop in your energy expenses. 

7. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance 

Regular HVAC maintenance and repairs will help your system run more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills. If you notice any issues with your HVAC system such as strange noises, leaks or reduced airflow, schedule a repair service with a reputable heating and air conditioning repair service in your area without delay. This will help prevent small issues from developing into costly repairs down the line.

Schedule your HVAC tune up service with Boyle Energy. 

If you have an HVAC system that requires a professional and reliable tune-up or maintenance, reach out to us. We are Boyle Energy – a reputed HVAC contractor, oil and propane delivery company that has been serving communities in and around Philadelphia since 1937. To speak with our honest, highly-skilled and courteous HVAC professionals, dial 610 595 4717 / 215 709 9196 or contact us with your details.