With today’s rising energy costs, it’s more important than ever to find ways to reduce your energy usage. Here are four simple tips you can use to boost the efficiency of the HVAC system in your Connecticut home:
- Schedule Regular Maintenance. Regular tune-ups can help keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape. During a typical service visit, a technician will clean and lubricate your equipment, helping it to run as efficiently as possible. For an even greater boost in efficiency, regularly replace the air filters on your heating and cooling equipment between service visits.
- Invest in a Programmable Thermostat. Programmable thermostats are one of the most affordable ways to reduce your energy usage. To make the most of your thermostat, program it to automatically lower the temperature while you are away from home or sleeping.
- Seal Air Leaks. Air leaks are one of the leading causes of energy loss in the average home. Two main types of air leaks require your attention: leaks in the exterior of your home, and leaks in the ductwork of your HVAC system. Common problem areas for leaks in your home’s exterior include around windows, doors, plumbing pipes and electrical outlets. Depending on the size of the opening, these leaks should be sealed with caulk or expanding spray foam.
Ductwork leaks, on the other hand, occur in areas where your ducts have become separated from one another. These leaks prevent conditioned air from reaching your living space. For the best results, you should consider hiring a professional to inspect and seal your ducts.
- Upgrade to Energy Star Qualified Equipment. Outdated equipment could be costing you a great deal of money due to poor energy efficiency. In many cases, upgrading to new, high-efficiency equipment can save you a great deal of money in the long run.
If you live in Hartford or the surrounding area and are looking for a reliable company to help with equipment tune-ups, programmable thermostats, duct sealing or equipment upgrades, contact us at Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
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