Cooling your home or business can be a costly endeavor. These costs account for the majority of the utility expenses that occur. This is especially true in the spring and summer months when rising temperatures can make it difficult to cool the air inside. Luckily, there are steps that everyone can take to help lower their heating and air costs over time. For those looking for some ways to cut costs this spring, here are few a things you should consider.
Leaky Air Ducts – If you find that you’re experiencing frequent hot or cold spots throughout your home or business, or if there is an unexplained ‘stuffiness’ in some rooms, it could be that your air ducts are leaking. While minor repairs to ductwork are easy to complete, it’s worth it to hire a quality heating and air professional who specializes in duct repair to come and seal ducts in the more unconditional spaces.
Dirty Air Filters – Air filters work with your HVAC system to clear small particulates and debris from the air that enters your home or business. Throughout their use, these filters become dirty and need to be changed. Continuing to use a dirty filter will cause your system to have to work overtime in order to keep your homer business cool. Check the air filter on a monthly basis, and remember to replace it every three months or so in order to maintain a comfortable environment.
Poor Lighting – Traditional incandescent lights produce extra heat that requires your HVAC system to work harder than it should in order to compensate for the additional output. Trading in your incandescent bulbs for halogen incandescent, CFL or LEDs can go a long way towards lowering your energy costs over time. They generate less heat than other bulls and do not need to be changed as often.
Outdated Air Conditioner – If your air conditioner is older than 10 years old, it may not be as efficient as what your home or business requires in order to meet your energy needs. This is especially true if your air conditioners SEER rating is less than 13 or if it requires frequent repairs in order to function. Replacing it with a more modern model can help to limit your energy consumption and lower your energy costs.
Misdirected Ceiling Fans – A ceiling fan is used to redirect air and circulate it throughout the room. If you’re not switching the direction of your fan blades to match the changing seasons, you could be wasting energy. Ceiling fans should be set so that they spin counterclockwise in the summer and help to push the cool air back down towards the floor.
With just a few minor changes, you can help to lower your energy costs, while still maintaining a comfortable environment in your home or business. If you’d like to know more about how you can lower your energy costs, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can help you. We specialize in HVAC Maintenance and heating and air repair and are certain we have a solution that’s right for your needs.