Houston Home Service Experts

5 Ways to Dramatically Lower Heating and Cooling Costs

Your heating and cooling system needs some love if you want love back. Like a car of computer, your HVAC system needs some maintenance every once in a while. Even if you HVAC system is running at peak efficiency, a lot of that conditioned air could be leaking out of your house in many different areas.

It’s been warming up a little, but our furnaces are still pumping out the warm air. To ensure safe heating operation and low heating costs, follow these 5 essentials:

1. Maintain Your Heating System

The best thing that you can do for your heating system is to remember to schedule an annual heating tune-up from a professional HVAC company or sign up for a maintenance plan, so that you don’t have to remember.

Annual system check-ups can lower your heating bill by 30% and reduce breakdowns by up to 95%, extending the life of your system and saving you lots of money in the long run. You wouldn’t go years without doing anything to maintain your car. The same applies to your heating system.

2. Change Your Filters

The next best thing you can do as a homeowner is remember to change/check your air filter every 30 days. Depending on if you have pets, lots of family members, and other factors, you should change your filter every 30-90 days.

Not only will a dirty air filter impede airflow, lowering efficiency and potentially shutting down your HVAC unit, but it also creates an unhealthy indoor air environment.

If you don’t know how to change your air filter, here is a HowCast video showing you step-by-step.

3. Weatherstrip, Caulk, and Insulate Your Home

Go around your house and check all the the following areas for air leakage:

Infographic showing airflow through a home.

Use an incense stick and hold it up to areas where you suspect and air leak. Remember to hold it up to your air duct seams as well, as these can be the number one source for air leakage. You can use mastic sealing or tape to fill up these cracks and gaps in your ductwork.

4. Schedule a Home Energy Audit

A home energy auditor will go around your home with high-tech equipment to determine which areas in your home can be improved for optimum energy efficiency. There are also tax credits and rebates available to homes that are energy efficient. Universal Home Experts will work with you to get you the most money back on your high-efficiency heating and cooling system.

What are you waiting for? A home energy audit will dramatically reduce your energy bills, putting less strain on your HVAC system and ensuring you have a comfortable home all year long.

Here is a great infographic from energy.gov that shows you exactly what a home energy auditor does and what equipment they use to pinpoint the exact location of energy leaks.

5. Switch Your Fan to Winter Setting

Did you know that there is a switch on your ceiling fan that makes the fan reverse direction, causing an updraft instead of a downdraft. Since heat rise, this updraft circulates the air near your ceiling down to the lower parts, causing the feeling of a warmer home.