Summers in our area can obviously get very, very hot. We’ve got some cold winter weather to deal with, as well, though it may pale a bit in comparison to the heat of summer. That means that we’ll be working our HVAC systems year round, and that means that the costs associated with doing so can really start to add up. Well, I can not afford to replace my systems with high-efficiency units, so oh well. If that is what you’re thinking, then this is the post for you!
Now, investing in high-efficiency HVAC equipment, especially if your systems are fairly old or have low efficiency ratings, is obviously going to help you to enjoy better energy efficiency. We totally understand that not everyone can necessarily afford such an investment at the drop of a hat, though. The Woodlands HVAC pros are here to help, though, so enjoy these tips from our team that should help you to get your heating and cooling costs under control.
Use Curtains to Your Advantage
When you leave the house in the morning, you probably do a quick check to make sure that certain appliances have been shut off, the faucet is not dripping, etc. What you may not give as much attention to, however, is whether or not you’ve opened or closed the curtains. That’s a shame, because this is actually one of the simplest ways in which to start taking some strain off of your HVAC systems.
In the summer, drawing heavy curtains over any closed windows will help to stop the sun’s rays from really heating up your home. It’s not going to have the same effect as running your air conditioner, obviously, but it will help to suppress heat gain. Likewise, leaving curtains open to let the sun heat up the house during the day, then closing them at night to help trap in the heat, can help to take some strain off of your heating system.
Invest in Smaller Upgrades
If you know that you will have your HVAC system in place for some time, then you don’t have to worry about the expense of a full replacement. Instead, look into smaller upgrades that you can even make one at a time over the course of a few years. Energy recovery ventilators, for instance, help to keep the air in your home fresh without sacrificing energy efficiency.
Even something as simple as replacing your thermostat with a more advanced programmable model, or a smart thermostat, can help you to cut back on energy costs while also enjoying greater convenience in your home. Just remember that not all systems will be compatible with newer models. We’ll make sure that your system is upgraded with the most appropriate equipment available, though.
Will there come a time when we feel that we’ve made our point and that we no longer need to tout the benefits of routine HVAC maintenance? Highly unlikely! Certain points bear repeating, and this is definitely one of them.
When it comes to getting the most efficient performance possible from existing equipment, keeping that equipment in the best working condition possible is the way to go. That is what routine HVAC maintenance allows for, so call today to put your system in the best of hands!
Schedule your HVAC services with the pros here at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling.