15 Sep Practical Comfort: Tips to Save Money on Heating and Cooling
Denver is known for having very long, cold winters as well as hot summers, and this means that homeowners in the local area use their HVAC system almost year-round. With this in mind, many homeowners are looking for ways to constantly save money on heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. There are a few easy tips that you can follow to reduce energy consumption related to your HVAC system without negatively affecting your comfort level in the home.
Take Advantage of a Programmable Thermostat
If you do not have a programmable thermostat installed, now is the time to do so. A programmable thermostat is designed to reduce your use of the HVAC system without impacting your comfort level by automatically adjusting the temperature settings based on your usual schedule. Each programmable thermostat is unique in some way, but most will enable the user to program as many as five, six, or more temperature adjustments each day.
Most will have program adjustments for each day of the week as well. While these can seem complicated to program, your time and effort will be well-rewarded with savings on your energy bills. You can schedule your system so that it runs less frequently when you are normally away from home, such as when you are at work, at social events, at the kids’ activities, and more. You can also schedule it so that it runs less frequently when you are sleeping. An HVAC technician can assist you with the installation of a programmable thermostat if you do not already have one.
Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance
Another money-saving idea is to schedule annual HVAC maintenance with an experienced technician. This is a type of tune-up that essentially will clean all of the components in the system and that will replace worn out components. These factors can cause an HVAC system to operate sluggishly and to use more energy to keep the home at a desired temperature.Through a tune-up, the system will be restored to like-new condition with peak efficiency.
Heating and air conditioning costs can be exorbitant in Denver throughout much of the year. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can taketo reduce energy consumption related to heating and cooling your home, and your trusted HVAC technician can provide quality upgrades and maintenance services for optimal results.
Tips: Programmable Thermostats, Energy.gov, July 27, 2014
Proper Use Guidelines for Programmable Thermostats, Energy Star