Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s taken care of can use fewer resources than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in electric costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your property’s energy efficiency. Here are some easy steps you can take to improve your Brandon home. Close up any leaks around your windows and doors. Even miniscule gaps can let heat or cool air escape your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to avoid heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually connected to keeping your home comfortable in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the warmer months. Heat is constantly looking for cooler spaces—like your home. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from moving through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job simpler. Ensure your ducts are correctly sealed to prevent air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Correctly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned room. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically adjust your temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will go to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a colder-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It might seem it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy. Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill inexpensive, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as small as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its usual setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without changing your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re leaving lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances around your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling. Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Brandon Heating and Plumbing for an evaluation. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can lower your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov. If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Brandon Heating and Plumbing at 204-728-0180. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.