Easy Steps To Optimize Your HVAC To Save Money

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Easy Steps To Optimize Your HVAC To Save Money

In my last couple of blog posts, I wrote about simple ways we can take to reduce our home monthly electricity bills. The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) consume the most amount of power among all the electrical appliances at home.

In this post, I am going to focus on the HVAC and how we can improve upon it.

Setting The Thermostats

How do you set the thermostats of your air-conditioning unit? Most people will set the thermostats at the desired temperature and then leave it be.

If you want to cut your home power consumption, you have to acquire new habits, particularly on how you use the thermostats.

One of the good energy saving habit is to adjust your home’s temperature at different times of the day. You can actually achieve excellent cost savings without any decrease in your standard of living.

I know it is a pain to get up and reset the temperature controller. But trust me, you will see the benefits at the end of the month when you get your utility bill.

The traditional way of setting the temperature for your HVAC is “set and forget”. Conservation calls for setting the temperature at 68 degree Fahrenheit in the winter and 82 degree Fahrenheit in the summer.

Open The Windows

Do you shut off your air conditioner at night? If you do so, your room will likely stay cool enough for you to have a good night sleep. If the temperature is hotter outside than in, try keeping all doors and windows closed.

If your room is hotter than the outside temperature, open the windows to let the cool air in.

If your room is cold, why not use a thicker blanket.

These are simple measures you can take that will save you hundreds of dollar every month.

One other step you can take to reduce your energy bill is by using programmable thermostats. These handy units are not very expensive and it is well worth your investment.

You can install the programmable thermostats yourself or purchase one that is compatible with your existing system.

What are the benefits if you were to use a programmable thermostat at home?

1) You can make daily or weekly programs that will set the temperature in the living area up and down without your attention. If you are a lazy person, this will be your ideal friend.

2) Allow manual override so you can always set your desired temperature.

3) Setting the “occupancy feature” that can tell whether somebody is in the house, otherwise the temperature will stay at a standby level.

A programmable thermostat is a highly recommended tool you should get if you want to reduce your home power bills. The money that you will be saving in the next couple of months will be more than enough to cover the investment cost.

After I wrote this blog post, I decided to do a quick search on Amazon.com to find if they have any programmable thermostats in their inventory.

As it turns out, the top selling unit is the Hunter 44550 Auto Save 7-Day Programmable. To read more about the Hunter unit from Amazon.com, click here.

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By | 2012-11-05T10:50:14+00:00 August 11th, 2009|Energy Efficient|7 Comments

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  1. Woody August 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    There are many ways on how to conserve energy for our environment. One way is to purchase appliances that are energy saver supported and going green systems like HVAC is also a plus.

  2. Jul B. August 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Here are more tips:

    Rinse your condenser or clean it. Yeah, it does help air conditioner efficiency by rinse it.

    Don’t forget the indoor coils.

    The inside coil is a bit more tricky because you need to have access to the coil to clean it. If you’re lucky, there’s a panel on your furnace plenum that you can remove so you can vacuum the a-coil. However, if your furnace is like most the plenum doesn’t have an access panel and you would need to make one.

    Cleaning dirt, leaves and other debris from the condensing coils

    Checking condensing coil fins for damage

    Lubrication of fan bearings

    Inspection of fan for damage

  3. MJ DuctPro August 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    HVAC systems must be properly sized and maintained regularly to realize desired efficiency results. For example, according to US Dept of Energy website up to 30% energy savings can result from compressor energy alone if coils are cleaned vs. not. In addition this may help with dust control, promote equipment longevity, and improved indoor air quality and comfort. Most manufacturers and US Dept of Energy suggest that you inspect and clean coils and other components as much as annually.

    MJ Palazzolo
    Safety King Inc
    An Energy Star Service Partner

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  5. Kim February 2, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Great post! I think more of us need to hear that you have to put a little bit of effort into conservation and energy saving. I guess it’s not THAT hard to hit an extra button a couple of times a day. I like the idea of Programmable Thermostats. It seems that that would make it VERY easy to be mindful about the money you’re saving! Great post!

  6. Will February 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yup, a programmable thermostat is not very expensive and yet it can save you a lot of money on the long run.

    Every home owners should get one to reduce their household electricity consumption.

  7. Christina January 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I was wondering what you recommend when you mention turning up and down. We turn ours down to 50 degrees at night and then shut into our master bedroom with a plug in room unit set at 65-70 degrees. keeps us cozy while we don’t waste money heating the rest of the house.

    in the day I turn it to 65 – 68 degrees and then when we leave for a few hours I turn it down to 55 or 60.

    is this good methodology for saving on the electric bill?!

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