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Money Saving, Energy Efficiency Tips to
Chill the Bill!

Every homeowner and business owner can use money saving, energy efficiency tips to keep the utility bills in check.  It’s hard to enjoy the cool and warm comfort of your home or office if your pocketbook is hurting.  These smart, energy efficient, money saving tips will help you to reduce your utility bill at home and at the office by keeping your system operating at peak performance so you can “Chill the Bill!” 

Install a programmable thermostat. 

Preset your programmable thermostat to specific temperatures, such as warmer temperatures in the summer when no one is at home or in the office. It is recommended to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.  Keep it at the highest and lowest temperatures you can be comfortable at. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple settings.  You can also override them at any time, without losing your configurations. 

Use ceiling fans to supplement your air conditioning and heating. 

While ceiling fans do not produce a change in temperature, they can make you feel three to four degrees cooler in the summer, prompting you to raise your thermostat.  In the winter, reverse the blades so they will push the heat on your ceiling down where you can enjoy it, allowing you to comfortably lower your thermostat.  Ceiling fans are very inexpensive to operate, so using them while raising your thermostat during the summer and lowering it in the winter can show a significant savings on your utility bill. 

Check filters monthly. 

Clean or replace filters as needed.  High quality filters make a huge difference.  Don’t forget to check filters that may be in a unit located in the attic.  Dirty filters put a strain on your system, and in some cases cause damage to your system.  They also negatively affect indoor air quality. 

Ensure all ductwork is sealed and clean. 

Ductwork that force air back and forth can use quite a bit of energy.  Proper sealing of ductwork can help improve energy efficiency a great deal, sometimes as much as 20%, according to Energy Star.  Ductwork also affects Indoor Air Quality.  If a duct system is not properly sealed, not only can hot air come in when you’re trying to cool, but air containing debris and allergens could be coming in as well.  Find out if you need to consider Residential Air Duct Cleaning Services or Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Services

Make sure your attic is well insulated. 

According to TXU Energy, more than 80% of homes built before 1980 are under insulated.  If yours is one, you’re not only not cool in the summer nor warm in the winter; but money is unnecessarily going to your energy bill each month as your heating and A/C works harder than it should. 

Keep return airflow free from blockage. 

Ensure furniture or other items do not block the return air grills inside of your house. Check the outside unit to make sure the coils are free of debris and not blocked by shrubbery.  Blocking the return airflow will make your system work harder than necessary, thus being less efficient. 

Make sure attic ventilation is adequate.

If the attic is too hot, heat builds up and it will force your system to work harder as it works against the heat to try to keep a constant, cool temperature. 

Install weather-stripping or caulk around all windows and doors where heat and air leaks or comes in. 

Nothing can drain your bill more than outside air coming into your home or building when it’s not supposed to.  A constant draft of cold air in during the winter or warm air coming in during the summer will keep your system running around the clock, in a very low efficiency manner.  Your unit will keep working towards meeting the temperature on the thermostat, while having constant challenges.  If you’re unable to do weather-stripping or caulking immediately use draft snakes, such as rolled up towels, to help control the drafts until a permanent fix can be performed. 

Use blinds and curtains accordingly.

In the summer, keep blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day as to not overwork your system.  On the flip side, during cold months, keep them open on south-side windows to allow the warm sun to come in. Then keep them closed at night to reduce the chill that can come through cold windows. 

Install awnings.

Business owners should install awnings over large windows, glass doors or glass storefronts if they are exposed to direct sunlight.  This direct sunlight can keep the system running non-stop or turning on way more often that it should.  Awnings will block most of the sun, thus helping your system to stay regulated in a more efficient manner. 

Keep heat-producing devices away from thermostats.

Lamps and TVs are examples of heat-producing devices that when close to wall-mounted thermostats have been proven to cause air conditioning systems to kick on.  Make sure these and similar devices are not in close-range of any thermostats. 

Use a humidifier in the winter.

A humidifier in the winter will help to keep moisture in the air so you can stay comfortable with the thermostat set at a lower temperature. 

Check your fireplace.

Make sure your fireplace has a tight-fitting damper and keep it closed when not in use. Also make sure your flute is closed.  Having these things closed will help keep warm air in and cold air out. 

Keep your heating and air conditioning system maintained.

Top manufactures recommend two tune-ups per year:  spring and fall.  Some good rules of thumb are:

  • For a system that both cools and heats, have one tune-up performed in the spring and one in the fall, before the onset of the heavy cooling (summer) and heating (winter) seasons. 
  • For a system that cools only, have a tune-up performed in the spring, before the onset of summer when you will need it the most.
  • For a system that heats only, have a tune-up performed in the fall, before the onset of winter when you need it the most. 

Quick overviews of just some of the maintenance tasks our technicians perform, that include money saving efforts are:

Spring/Summer Tune-up

  • Add up to 2 lbs. of Freon, if needed.  This helps with efficiency and helps to save on the bill!
  • Clean condensate drain.  This prevents water leaks and mold that can make you and your family sick.
  • Calibrate the thermostat for proper temperature settings. This equates to money savings on your electric bill!
  • Clean or replace standard filters.  These can be conveniently purchased from A#1 Air or we can use the filters you provide. 
  • Clean condenser coil.  This can greatly help keep utilities down and prevent damage to the outdoor unit!
  • Clean the entire unit.  This equates to money savings on your electric bill!
  • Other energy efficient, money saving performance checks and maintenance that also extends the life of your system, such as:
    • Check for correct air flow
    • Clean ignition assembly
    • Monitor refrigerant pressure
    • Test starting capabilities
    • Test safety controls
    • Tighten all electrical connections
    • Measure voltage and amperage capabilities
    • Check the evaporator coil
    • Measure temperature difference 

Fall/Winter Tune-up

  • Check gas piping for leaks.  This applies to gas only systems in order to check for carbon monoxide leaks.  This can actually save your family’s lives!
  • Clean or replace standard filters.  These can be conveniently purchased from A#1 Air or we can use the filters you provide. 
  • Clean and adjust blower components.  This equates to money savings on your electric bill!
  • Calibrate the thermostat for proper temperature settings.  This equates to money savings on your electric bill!
  • Clean condensate drains.  This prevents water leaks and mold that can make you and your family sick.
  • Other energy efficient, money-saving performance checks and maintenance that also extends the life of your system, such as:
    • Check and adjust burner assembly
    • Monitor flue draft
    • Test starting capabilities
    • Test safety controls
    • Check for correct airflow
    • Tighten electrical connections
    • Measure voltage and amperage capabilities
    • Lubricate all moving parts
    • Check the evaporator coil
    • Measure temperature difference
    • Pull and clean the blower wheel 

Our technicians will also check your outside unit to ensure the proper refrigerant level is present, clean leaves, dirt and other debris from the inside cabinet, remove obstructions from the base pan and inspect the fan motor and blades.  They will also inspect the control box and related connections as well as the compressor and associated tubing.  If any unusual odors or abnormal noises are present, they will address those as well. Other checks will also be performed. 

The key to energy efficiency and money saving is to keep your system maintained and to not make it overwork. 

Contact us today about any of our services, new systems, and more.  

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