The heating and cooling of your Missouri home can be the biggest expense on your family’s utility bill.
If you are able to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system with a few simple adjustments in your home and upgrades to the system, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars each year. Examine the efficiency of the entire system if you want to maximize the power of your system and lower your costs for running it.
HVAC System Upgrades
The following upgrades to your home’s HVAC system are wise investments if you want to enhance the efficiency of your current system:
- Programmable thermostat – This allows you to control the inside temperature of your home, without having to think about it. A programmable thermostat can be set to run the system at a lower setting when no one is home and begin to cool off or heat the home just before the first person arrives back home.
- Whole House Humidifier – Having the right level of moisture in the air will greatly affect how comfortable your home feels. With a whole house humidifier you can get away with raising the thermostat slightly in the summer and lower it in the winter and still feel comfortable inside your house.
- Heat Pump – A heat pump does not generate heat the way a furnace does, but rather pulls it in from the outside air. A geothermal heat pump is even more effective as it is able to bring in heat that is being stored in the ground.
Home “Hacks” to Reduce Energy Costs
In addition to upgrades, there are some tricks you can do to help control the cost of heating and cooling your home:
- Open the blinds and let some sun in during the winter.
- Keep lamps and other sources of heat away from the thermostat.
- Make sure that vents are unobstructed in every room.
- Close the doors to rooms in your home that are not regularly used and close the vents that feed into them.
- Replace your air filters frequently.
- Plant shrubs in front of the outdoor air conditioning unit to shade it.
- Install ceiling fans and set them to force hot air up in the summer and bring it down in the winter.
- Make the switch to fluorescent bulbs, as these give off less heat than traditional light bulbs.
- Add caulking or weather stripping around doors and windows.
Heating and Air Conditioning St. Louis
With just a few simple tricks, you can make a substantial difference in the cost it takes to keep your Missouri home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In addition, call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling to perform routine maintenance checks at the start of each new season. Call us today at (636) 980-0998 to schedule an appointment!