According to the Department of Energy, almost half of all of the energy the average American household consumes each year is dedicated to heating and cooling. Naturally, during the frigid winter nights and blistering summer days, people look for any possible way they can save money so they don’t have to run their system as much, which costs more. Fortunately, saving money on your energy bills doesn’t have to be difficult or leave you uncomfortable in your home. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your energy bills and still enjoy the benefits of your heater and air conditioner.
Reduce Heat Loss
During winter, you want to keep heat in your home. During summer, you want to keep it out. The more you can reduce this heat transfer, the better off you’ll be. This means checking your home thoroughly for air leaks and gaps, and keeping blinds or shades closed to prevent sunlight and heat from getting in.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Believe it or not, the little control box on your wall could be the thing that’s causing you to struggle to keep your home at the right temperature or not use a ton of energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically set the temperature lower or higher when you leave for work and then turn on again just before you get home, allowing you to use minimal power when you’re not home. Smart thermostats go further and can actually adjust themselves to meet your temperature goals while also using the least electricity possible. Either of these investments could save you a bundle.
Use a Solar Heater
Southern California is blessed to receive hundreds of days of bright, warm sunlight every year, and as a result many people have started to take advantage of that by powering their home off solar energy. While solar power may not be right for you, solar heating can save a tremendous amount of money. Ask a Murrieta heating professional about installing a solar heating system in your home to find out more!
Change Your Air Filter
This small and inexpensive part could actually play a huge role in how much energy your heater and air conditioner use. A dirty air filter can lead to reduced air flow, which means a less efficient system that burns more energy to produce less treated air, thus having to run longer, driving up costs. Check your filter every month or two and replace it when you notice it starting to get dirty to achieve the best air flow and energy efficiency.
Schedule a maintenance service by calling Correy Baker Heating & Air today at (951) 440-1228 and let our team get your system running in peak condition for summer or winter season!