Improving Energy Efficiency with Your HVAC System

by Cathy Tishhouse 11/10/2019

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Keeping your home comfortable when the weather gets cooler can have a significant impact on your energy bills. In fact, your HVAC system is one of the biggest sources of energy usage in your home. You could end up spending more than you planned to on heating, especially if the weather turns colder than usual. With a few energy-efficient tips, you can make sure your home stays warm while also lowering your heating costs.

Replacing Air Filters

Your HVAC system has an air filter that’s used to catch dust, pet dander and other particles. This stops these particles from spreading all over your home through your ducts when your heating system is running. These air filters can become clogged and covered with these particles over time, which causes your furnace or heat pump to work harder and run more than usual. When this happens, you’ll notice a steep increase in the amount of energy your HVAC system is using.

Having a clean air filter in your HVAC system is an important part of making sure that it’s able to heat your home efficiently. Air filters should be checked for debris once a month and replaced as often as needed, which is usually every one to three months. If you have pets, you might have to replace your air filter more often. 

Scheduling Routine Maintenance

Your HVAC system should have routine maintenance done in order to work efficiently. Even if your furnace or heat pump seems to be running smoothly, there might be minor problems going on due to wear and tear. Routine maintenance helps catch these issues before they turn into bigger ones that prevent your heating system from working efficiently.

Adjusting Your Thermostat

Making adjustments to your thermostat setting can help you cut down on your home’s energy usage. In fact, the Department of Energy states that adjusting your thermostat between seven and ten degrees for eight hours a day can help you save up to ten percent on your heating and cooling costs. Consider lowering your thermostat at night and when you leave home for the day. You can turn it up to a more comfortable temperature when you’re home during the day.

Getting a Programmable Thermostat

Although adjusting your thermostat helps you become more energy-efficient at home, remembering to do so can be a challenge. Having a programmable thermostat means you won’t have to worry that you forgot to lower the temperature setting before you left home or after you’ve gone to bed. Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule temperature adjustments at certain times of the day.

About the Author
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Cathy Tishhouse

 Prior to becoming a Realtor in 2004, I was the training manager for Marriott Hotels at the Detroit Renaissance Center and a Corporate Trainer for Marriott International. . I have worked extensively in the hospitality industry as a Food & Beverage Server and Human Resource professional (staffing, recruiting and training hospitality) for Westin Hotels. .

With over twenty five years experience in customer service,  I believe that caring for clients is the most important aspect of my career—particularly in the purchase or sale of real estate— usually the single largest asset a person possesses.  The Real Estate Industry is a dynamic and  changing profession and you need the guidance of a proven professional to represent your interests.

I love what I do -- creating ways to develop my business and new marketing strategies for my listings, the variety in viewing so many homes and interiors and finally, I love it because I know I make a difference in my interactions with people and the service I provide.

When you make the important decision to buy or sell a home, I’m committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are successfully met in a professional and honest manner.