Simple Ways to Reduce Your HVAC Costs
Since summers in Fairfax, Manassas and other parts of Northern Virginia can routinely bring temperatures upwards of 90°F, and winters can bring temperatures below freezing, most people in the city and surrounding areas will use their HVAC system during these two extreme seasons. Because your air conditioning runs on electricity, and your furnace on either gas or heating oil, you pay for every minute that your HVAC system is running in Fairfax or wherever you call home. Fortunately, there are many simple ways you can reduce your energy bills while still staying comfortable. Find out how below.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
While you may need to heat and cool your house to keep it at a tolerable temperature, you don’t need to have the climate control on when you aren’t at home. But in the rush to get to work or school in the morning, it’s easy to forget to reset the thermostat. When you install a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to remember because this nifty piece of equipment will do it for you. Set your thermostat to automatically use less energy when you’re away, and even when you’re asleep at night.
Check Your Weather-stripping
Those small strips of rubber around the edges of your windows and doors do more than keep out drafts—they can also substantially reduce your heating and cooling bills. Heat tends to flow from warmer areas to cooler areas, and if there are gaps around your windows and doors, warmth will seep in on hot summer days and leak out on cold winter nights. Check all the windows and doors in your house to make sure the weather-stripping is in good condition, and don’t forget to keep them all closed when you have the furnace or air conditioner running.
Use Transparent Window Film
Heat can pass right through certain materials that have high conductivity, and window glass is one of those materials. After you’ve checked your weather-stripping, put a hand on or near your windowpanes. If the window feels like it’s the same temperature as the outside air, you probably don’t have the latest energy-efficient glass installed. But there’s no need to rush out to have the windows replaced because installing a film yourself is much less expensive and can still slow down the heat transfer that leads to inflated air conditioning and heating bills.
Change Your HVAC Filter
Small particles such as dust, pollen, and other microscopic pollutants will inevitably enter your home, and get sucked into your HVAC system’s intake ducts. A clean filter protects the system’s blower from clogging and also keeps your ducts and your home free of contaminants.