The cooling and heating load in your house is the amount of energy required to keep your home comfortable year-round. There are several factors that change the load of your home. You can lower the load of your home by completing small changes that will have a big impact on your yearly heating and cooling costs.
- Search for problems with your duct system. The duct system can leak air, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC equipment. Look for missing insulation, loose connections between duct sections, holes in the ducts, and kinks or blocks in the ductwork. Repair these problems yourself or hire a service technician to complete the repairs.
- Ensure that your windows and doors are energy-efficient. Check for drafts around the windows and doors, and repair leaks with weather stripping or caulk. Replace single-paned windows with Energy Star-rated windows or storm windows to cut energy loss. You can also use curtains to add window insulation.
- Schedule annual maintenance. Have a qualified technician clean and repair any damaged components to maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Replace filters once every three months.
- Switch to a programmable thermostat. Program energy-saving settings at the thermostat and the unit will automatically change the temperature to provide cost savings while you’re asleep or out of the home.
- Add additional insulation. Check your attic, walls and floors, and add insulation if necessary. Use the Department of Energy’s guide to determine if you need additional insulation.
For more information on how to reduce the cooling and heating load of your home, contact us at Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating. We are happy to answer any questions you have, or to offer expert advice on HVAC topics.
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