Looking for ways to lower your monthly heating and cooling bill? Well, you aren’t alone. Homeowners spend thousands of dollars each year to create a comfortable living environment. Before you adjust your thermostat we’ve compiled a list of 4 easy ways to lower your heating and cooling costs.
Replace the Air Filter
When was the last time that you changed your HVAC system’s air filter? Over time, dust and airborne pollutants will accumulate on the filter, restricting the flow of air while making your air conditioner less efficient in the process. You can prevent this from happening by changing the filter on a regular basis. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), homeowners should change their air filter at least once every two to three months.
Install Window Awnings
You might be surprised to learn that installing awnings on your windows can help lower your cooling costs. They work by blocking sunlight which generates heat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing window awnings to those direct sunlight areas can reduce solar heat during the summer by 65-77%.
In addition to awnings, installing thermal curtains can also promote greater energy efficiency inside the home. Typically made of thicker material with a higher insulation rating, they block thermal energy from passing through windows. Some studies suggest that thermal curtains, when used properly, can reduce annual heating and cooling expenses by as much as 20%.
Sometimes all it takes to slash your heating and cooling bill is a professional HVAC system tune-up. Just like your car needs a tune-up every so often, so does your HVAC system. A professional HVAC technician will inspect your system, checking for signs of wear, refrigerant levels, duct air flow, and overall operation. He or she will then optimize the system for higher performance and greater energy efficiency.
Whether you’re looking to install a new energy-efficient HVAC system or have a tune-up performed on your existing system, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about Texas Air Tech’s industry-leading HVAC services.