Home Energy Saving Tips for the Spring
The hot summers can drive up your cooling bill, which is why it’s important to prepare while spring is still here. There are a number of ways you can save on home energy costs, and below are a few of the more obvious ones.
Pre-Season AC Maintenance
Air conditioners, whether ducted or ductless, should get a professional tune-up every year. During a tune-up, the technician will spot and, if possible at that time, eradicate any issues that are compromising cooling without your knowing it. For instance, dirt in the evaporator coils or fan motors that are not lubricated can put strain on the AC, raising your energy bills.
Air Filter Replacement
Dirty filters indirectly lead to higher bills, too, because they obstruct airflow and lead to greater energy waste. While filter replacement is typically covered in most maintenance agreements, it’s not a job that you do once a year. Even high-quality pleated filters need replacing every 60 to 90 days.
Getting a Programmable Thermostat
The AC itself may operate smoothly, but its “brain,” the thermostat, also has an impact on energy costs. If you don’t own a programmable thermostat, we here at Peters Associates highly recommend one. We offer a variety of programmable and smart thermostats, courtesy of Lennox, for homeowners in Philadelphia, PA.
These thermostats allow you to create a custom cooling schedule. You can save money by, for instance, keeping the AC off when no one is home and ensuring a cool, not chilly, temperature. Smart thermostats can incorporate your temperature preferences into an energy-efficient schedule.
Drafts around your windows and doors can let in the hot summer air and force your AC to switch on more frequently than it should. To prevent this, you could have a professional identify those drafts and then seal them up with weatherstripping materials.
Serving Homeowners Since 1945
If you live in Philadelphia, you can turn to Peters Associates for all kinds of work, including pre-season tune-ups. We also install water heaters and indoor air quality systems. For your initial appointment, call today.