Money-Saving Energy Conservation Tips
Working to protect the environment and safeguard your budget, the Apple Air team offers products and services that will save energy—and lower utility bills. For home and property owners who wish to be frugal and eco-friendly, Apple Air’s recommends the following conservation tips.
Make sure your attic is adequately insulated.
According to energy experts, 40 percent or more of your heat and conditioned air may be escaping through the roof. Unfortunately, many builders skimp when it comes to attic insulation—so your home may be improperly protected. Properly insulating your attic is one of the most important things you can do for your comfort—and your energy budget! And remember: increased insulation can make your attic chilly and prone to moisture buildup, so it’s important to have your HVAC contractor inspect your attic vent system, as well.
Close fireplace dampers when you’re not enjoying a fire.
Open dampers allow warm air to escape up the chimney. In addition, make sure all of your vents and registers are free of obstruction so that all warm and cool air circulates easily and efficiently.
Change air conditioner filters at least four times per year.
When your filter is clogged with dust, debris and animal dander, your HVAC system has to work harder. To maintain the performance and cleanliness of your HVAC equipment, Most manufacturer’s recommend having two seasonal maintenances done per year. Also replace or clean filters on a regular basis. We recommend changing your filter four times a year, but pet owners or those suffering from allergies & asthma should change it even more often (up to 6 times a year). Though they cost more, high-efficiency, allergy-friendly filters last longer and deliver improved filtration. To inquire about the best filter for your HVAC system, or to schedule your seasonal system maintenance visit or contact Apple Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
Adjust your thermostat a few degrees
For every degree you lower your furnace or raise your air conditioner, you can save up to three percent on your energy bill. Wear layers during winter, and consider installing an attic fan to circulate cool evening air during the summer. Ceiling fans are also an energy efficient way of spreading air throughout your home, and they cost very little to run. Once you’ve decided upon a comfortable temperature, maintain that temp using your adjustable thermostat. Many Apple Air customers don’t take advantage of their programmable thermostats! If you need a crash course on how to use your thermostat, or you wish to have an adjustable model installed, call us today.
Consider replacing aging or damaged windows
While new windows are a costly investment, they will save you money in the long term: as much as 15 percent each year! If budget is an issue, begin replacing them one-by-one, starting with the larger windows.In the meantime, remember to check for leaky window and door seals and caulking—and replace/reseal them, if necessary.
For additional energy-saving HVAC tips, visit the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) website, or call Apple Air at 407-654-3777 to schedule your home energy audit today!