3 Things You Can Do to Prevent Your HVAC System from Overworking

Posted on: 12 July 2017

Many homeowners overpay on their utilities because they don't know how to protect their house so that their HVAC system isn't draining the energy. In order to protect your house, there are some things that you should do to prevent over energy use. Here are some tips.

1. Program Your Thermometer

There is a sweet spot with your thermometer that will save you money. You don't want to completely turn it off and on during the day because that will actually cost you more money. The amount of energy that it takes to cool down a house once it gets too hot will cost more than just keeping the house at a constant comfortable temperature. However, this doesn't mean that you should blast the AC throughout the entire day. Instead, you should look at times when you can lower the amount of energy used in the house. For instance, while you are sleeping and the house is naturally cool, you can program the thermometer to be up a couple degrees. This also applies to when people aren't home. If everyone in the house is in school or at work, you don't need to be blasting the AC. This will help you to save money. Just make sure that you don't make the temperature changes too drastic.

2. Use The Sun

The sun will play an important role in heating or cooling your house. In the summer, you should use blinds and drapes to keep the sun out and from overheating your home. If you have the blinds open in the middle of the day, it will heat the house up. Conversely, this is exactly what you need in the winter. Open those drapes and let the sun help to heat the house. This will save your HVAC from overworking.

3. Insulate Your House Better

Lastly, you should make sure that your house is insulated properly. This means that there is weather stripping around the doors, the windows are sealed and not letting air through and that there is proper insulation throughout the walls. It may seem like an expensive fix to repair the insulation, but it is generally the cheaper option in the long run. You will spend more money in energy bills than the insulation if you continue to let all of the air in the house seep outside.

By recognizing that these things will affect your energy usage, you can protect your house from making your HVAC system overwork. Talk to a professional HVAC contractor like those at Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air for more information.


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