Seasonal Tips

Spring / Summer (Cooling Season)

 

  • Get your Air Conditioner its annual servicing. This can help increase efficiency and comfort, prevent breakdowns, and prolong system life.
  • Change your Air Conditioner filter once every month or two for optimum energy efficiency, performance and indoor air quality.
  • Keep Ceiling Fans going to keep you cool. Make sure the fan is in the “forward” position, and the blades are rotating counter-clockwise.
  • Keep indoor temperatures lower by closing blinds and window coverings to prevent solar gain.
  • Keep the thermostat at a set temperature of about 78-80 degrees F, and don’t play with it too much. This will mess up the natural function of the air conditioner, and lead to increased cooling costs.
  • Don’t let your indoor air temperature get too hot, because the air conditioner would have to work extremely hard to lower the temperature down.
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs nearby to give your air conditioner shade. This can lead to a 10% boost in efficiency.
  • Make sure there is no debris, lawn clippings, soil or other things stuck in your air conditioners coil.
  • Set Air vents on second floors to receive 75% of the air conditioning. Cold air will naturally sink, so this will help cool the entire house more efficiently, getting double use for the cold air.
  • Flip the fan switch on your thermostat to “fan on” mode. This helps to circulate air throughout the house, which makes things feel cooler, as well as prevents hot and cold spots.
  • Install an Attic Fan to keep the attic ventilated. Attics can get up to 140-150 degrees and really make your air conditioner work extra hard to keep your home cool. This is a simple way to reduce that load. Solar versions are also recommended, as they do not require electrical work to install.
  • Make sure Air Vents and Ducts are clear and unobstructed. When they are not able to flow air, the room is still calling for cooling, and the air conditioner is running, but nothing is changing. This will just rack up your cooling costs.
  • Keep the windows and doors closed when the Air Conditioner is running.

Fall / Winter (Heating Season)

 

  • Have your heating system serviced before the real heating season starts. This will ensure it is operating at its peak efficiency, prevent breakdowns during the dead of winter, and prolong your systems lifespan.
  • Change your Furnace filters once every month or two for optimum energy efficiency, performance and indoor air quality.
  • Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature of about 68-70 degrees and don’t keep tinkering with it. This will increase the overall costs of heating, and make the system cycle on and off.
  • Set the thermostat to “fan on” mode to ensure proper air circulation throughout the house. This will limit hot and cold spots.
  • Open the curtains and shades on windows during the day to allow for maximum solar gain. The sun will naturally heat up the inside of your house, and store some of that energy to be released throughout the day. This can easily reduce your heating load.
  • Close curtains and window coverings at night to prevent heat from escaping so rapidly.
  • Consider upgrading your old heating system to a newer, more efficient one, such as a high efficiency furnace or boiler, or a heat pump (ground source or air source) for maximum energy savings.
  • Make sure vents and air ducts are unblocked, so the warm air can properly circulate through the house, and your heating unit does not have to run extra.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust heating settings throughout the day, for maximum energy efficiency.
  • Install weather stripping and other weatherizing fixes to make your home more heat-tight. This can easily save you 10% per year on heating and cooling.