You’ve read the headlines and seen the prices at the grocery store. As our country experiences record inflation, consumers are looking for ways to reduce household expenses. Many money-saving measures involve your A/C and heating, as those costs account for up to 40% of your home’s energy use. Air Specialist has timely tips to reduce energy costs while keeping your home comfortable if you’re trying to combat high energy bills in your Houston home.
Give your home an energy audit
Carve out time on a weekend to check your home for common problems like leaks around doors and windows. Even small openings can let in much hot air during Houston’s summer. Consider adding insulation to your attic space and shade trees around your home to fight the heat.
Turn down the A/C
Everyone loves a cool respite during the hot Houston summers. However, if you can handle turning up your thermostat by one or two degrees during the summer, you will be repaid in energy savings. The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78° F during the day. Does that seem a little too hot to handle? Pick a setting everyone in the family agrees with, but remember that keeping the temperature set at 78ºF instead of 72ºF can save you up to 18 percent on your energy bills.
Make sure your HVAC system is working efficiently
When was the last time a professional HVAC technician tuned up your home’s cooling and heating unit? You may think you’re saving money when you skip these biannual checkups. Air Specialist staff may be able to discover minor problems before they turn into expensive repairs. If your HVAC unit isn’t operating correctly, it may have to work harder, which drives up your energy bills. Regular maintenance ensures proper airflow throughout the home. It may pay you back additional years of your unit’s life.
Upgrade your HVAC unit
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is about ten years. Heating and air conditioning is an evolving technology, and you may discover that a new unit pays for itself in energy efficiency and cost savings. Air Specialist can help you determine if you’re better off fixing your current unit or upgrading to a new one. We also have special offers throughout the year to help save money on the initial cost.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
Are you paying to cool an empty home? If nobody’s home during the day, a programmable thermostat will keep your home comfortable on your schedule. You won’t have to remember to nudge it down at night for the perfect sleeping temperature. You can also use it to control your cooling and heating costs while on vacation.
Your friends at Air Specialist want you to get the most out of your hard-earned income. We will help you keep your A/C running and energy costs lower with regular maintenance and repairs. If you want to learn more about how Air Specialist can help you save money on your energy bills, call us now at (713) 481-1305 or contact us online.