Tired of sky-high energy bills month after month? If so, then you may be wondering what you can do to optimize energy efficiency in your home. We’ve got some practical yet simple tips you can implement today to boost your home’s efficiency and potentially start saving on your monthly heating and cooling bills.
1. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
If you have an “old-school” thermostat or even a programmable thermostat, it may be time to upgrade to a smart thermostat instead. These devices can increase energy efficiency by allowing you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely. In addition to this, you can create schedules with your smart thermostat to ensure that your home stays comfortable while using as little energy as possible.
2. Mind Your Landscaping
Check the exterior landscaping around your home’s central air conditioning unit; specifically, be on the lookout for overgrown shrubs, bushes, and grass. This can create air obstructions around your air conditioning unit, making it work harder than it needs to in order to cool your home. Trimming back this overgrown landscaping takes just a few minutes and can make all the difference in your efficiency.
3. Replace Your Air Filter
When was the last time you swapped out your air filter with a clean one? If it’s been more than 90 days or so, then it’s time for a replacement. Clean air filters promote efficiency by making it easier for your AC and furnace to circulate air throughout your home.
4. Schedule Regular Tune-Ups
Ideally, your furnace and air conditioning units should be inspected and tuned-up by an HVAC professional at least once a year. These tune-ups are great for optimizing efficiency and spotting any early signs of problems that may need to be repaired before they turn into a major (and more costly) issue.
5. Seal Cracks and Gaps Regularly
At least once a year, give your home a thorough once-over to check for cracks, gaps, and drafts (especially around doors and windows). Most of these should be easy to caulk around or otherwise fill in. Taking the time to fill these gaps will help keep your home cooler during the hot summer months and seal in warmth when things cool down.
HVAC Services From Brisk Air
At BriskAir, we specialize in all things heating and cooling across Sunrise, Florida and the surrounding areas. If you’re in need of an HVAC service (including an annual furnace/air conditioning inspection or tune-up) from a company you can trust, give us a call today! We’d be happy to help.