Your HVAC system can be a tremendous part of your energy usage in the Seattle, Bellevue and Everett area. Did you know that up to 1/2 the electricity used in a year is consumed by heating and cooling your home? That is the most current estimate of use according to Energy Star. With a yearly average of $2,200.00 spent on utilities, assuring that your heating and cooling systems are running as efficiently as possible will:
- Save you money on electric/oil/gas bills
- Reduce pollutants emitted
- Make your home more comfortable
There are steps to be taken with regards to regular maintenance; Seattle HVAC Contractors can send its certified technicians to perform an efficiency rating on your home and outline a plan to improve that number. Additionally, for the more complicated tasks, Complete Mechanical’s professional staff can perform them for you.
Change Air Filter Regularly
Checking your air filter every month will assure that it will be changed when necessary. Never allow an air filter to remain in service for more than 3 months. Set the same day of every month as ‘Filter Check Day’ – either the 1st or 15th are good days. Mark your calendar as a reminder; set a reminder alarm on your phone or other electronic device. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow and inhibit cooling in summer and waste fuel in winter.
Tune-Up Heating & AC Equipment Yearly
Schedule maintenance for air conditioning equipment for early Spring — before the heating season, to assure efficient cooling. Additionally, be certain to have your furnace tune-up performed no later than October 1st before the first frost; this will assure that your fuel consumption will remain as low as possible.
If your home is empty during the day, you can save a considerable amount of money by installing a programmable thermostat. The variable setting thermostat allow you to maintain a temperature in your home while you are away that consumes less energy. You can set the timer such that the only time it is cool in the summer or warm in the winter is when you are home; and revert to ‘away’ setting while sleeping. Most programmable thermostats have weekend options to allow for optimum comfort levels during the day. Energy Star estimates a utility savings of up to $180.00/year.
Efficiency can be improved by at least 20% by sealing all the seams on heating and cooling ductwork. The most important area to concentrate on is in the attic and crawlspace, where the ambient temperature is closer to the outside (un-conditioned) air. It is also advisable that after sealing all seams to wrap the ductwork in insulation.
Bellevue HVAC Contractors are certified energy efficiency experts – let them help you save money this year!