The most economical operation of your system comes from setting the thermostat properly. Set the thermostat at the highest summer setting or the lowest winter setting at which you are comfortable. Typical settings are 75-78 degrees for summer cooling and 68-70 degrees for winter heating. When cooling, your operating costs increase from 3% to 8% for each degree your thermostat is lowered. When heating, your operating costs increase similarly for each degree your thermostat is raised.
The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. There are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air filter. Ask your service technician next time he`s out at your home to show you where your air filter is located and which type of filter to use. If you have allergies, you should look at an electronic or hepa air cleaner.
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will reduce the cooling and heating load on your system for more economical operation.
Let the sun in during the winter. In winter, direct sunlight reduces the load on your heating system. Open window shades and awnings to increase direct sunlight and lower the heating load. In the summer time utilize window coverings on windows to block any direct sunlight coming into the home. Solar gain is the last thing you want in summer.
Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat. These include lamps, TV, stereo and computer equipment.
Ensure maximum retention of heated or cooled air by adding insulation to outside walls and to the attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors and/or insulated doors to prevent air leaks.
Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter can waste a substantial portion of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weatherstrip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside. You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.
Help ensure your furnace or air conditioner runs optimally for years to come by having them maintained on an annual basis.