Saving TipsListed below are some tips and
suggestions you can use to save money on your utility bills, heating and air
conditioning equipment and service.
The most economical operation of
your system comes from setting the thermostat properly. Set the thermostat at
the highest summer setting or the lowest winter setting at which you are
comfortable. Typical settings are around 74 degrees for summer cooling and
around 70 degrees for winter heating. When cooling, your operating costs
increase from 3% to 8% for each degree your thermostat is lowered. When heating,
a 5 degree set back at night can save you up to 10% on heating bills.
away from the thermostat
Make sure no heat-generating appliances
are near your thermostat. These include lamps, TVs, stereo and computer
air filter clean
The easiest way to ensure your system
operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. There
are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air
filter. Ask your service contractor where your air filter is located and which
type of filter to use.
doors and windows closed
all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in
winter and the cooling load in summer. Your system will operate more
economically as a result.
vents and grilles unobstructed
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that
all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will reduce
the cooling and heating load on your system for more economical operation.
excessive use of exhaust fans
Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom
exhaust fans will make your system work harder. This will increase energy
consumption and costs. Keep costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans.
Let the sun in during winter. Keep the sun
out during summer. In summer, direct sunlight increases the load on your cooling
system. Use of window shades and awnings will reduce the amount of direct
sunlight and lower the cooling load. In winter, direct sunlight reduces the load
on your heating system. Open window shades and awnings to increase direct
sunlight and lower the heating load.
condenser coil clean
The condenser coil should be kept clean to
ensure efficient operation. If the condenser coil becomes restricted by dirt,
lint, paper, grass clippings, leaves, or other debris, system efficiency will
Be sure all air ducts are well insulated.
Ducts also should be sealed with a vapor barrier if they are located in
Ensure maximum retention of heated or
cooled air by adding insulation to outside walls and to the attic. Seal cracks
and use storm doors and/or insulated doors to prevent air leaks.
vent clothes dryers
Be sure your clothes dryer is vented to
the outside. Also ensure that your clothes dryer is vented away from your