Tips & Advice
Tip – Ceiling Fans
If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
Maintenance – Cooling Equipment
Learn about operating and maintaining your air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump.
Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Learn additional tips for operating a room air conditioner efficiently.
Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.
Tip – Air Filters
“People spend more than 80 percent of their time inside, where air may be even more polluted than outdoors” says James L. Sublett , M.D. Newer homes are designed to be energy-efficient, meaning there’s not much ventilation, and irritants like dust mites, mold, and pet dander get sealed inside, potentially aggravating conditions such as allergies and asthma. To filter the air in all rooms in your home, Sublett recommends getting an MERV 11 or 12 disposable high-efficiency filter for your furnace and air-conditioning system. Change the filters every three months, and leave the fan on your air conditioner so pollutants such as pollen don’t get trapped indoors. You can find filters at all Allergy Zone.
Tip – Air Ducts
Out of sight, out of mind. The unsealed ducts in your attic and crawlspaces lose air, and uninsulated ducts lose heat — wasting energy and money.
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Maintenance – Furnace
Proper furnace maintenance cannot only save you money on your energy bills, but it can also prevent costly repairs. One of the easiest things you can do is to check and clean your heating system filters regularly to maintain your system’s airflow.
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Tip – Humidifiers
Winter air is dry air. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, which can create a lot of benefits for you and your family. A 2013 study, for example, showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections.
Preventative Maintenance – HVAC
Air conditioners are complex pieces of machinery designed to keep your home at an ideal temperature. Cooling systems are subject to frequent stops and starts and long periods of continual use. Just as your car needs regular tune ups to keep it running efficiently, seasonal inspections for your air conditioning system are necessary to prevent damage from wear and tear as well. Preventative maintenance extends the service life of your cooling system. Because a well-maintained air conditioner operates at up to 25 better efficiency than a neglected system, you’ll enjoy lower operating costs too.
Tip -Heat Pumps
Heat pumps qualified for the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® have a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) than standard models, which makes them about 8% percent more efficient than standard new models and 20% more efficient than what you may already have in your home!
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Tip – Saving Energy
Why do you Change air filters regularly? It is an important part of maintaining a heat pump system. Proper operation of your heat pump will save energy. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on — backup heating systems are usually more expensive to operate. Continuous indoor fan operation can degrade heat pump performance unless your system uses a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Operate the system on the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat.
Tip – 1st of Every Month
Time for a new air filter! You need to do this more often than once a year. A dirty filter forces your HVAC system to work harder, which in turn drains your wallet. It could also shorten the life of your blow.
Tip – Lower Energy Bill
Did you know? Heating and cooling costs account for nearly half the home’s total energy bill. If your central air conditioning unit is more than 10 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR® certified, a high-efficiency model could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent.
Tip – Thermostats
Programmable thermostats and apps make it easy to control the temperature of your home and save energy and money.