With winter right around the corner, it's a good idea to make sure your house is prepared for the cold. East Central College HVAC expert and faculty member David DeArmond has some tips that could save you money on your utility bill.

Tip 1 – Get a Tune-Up

 

HVAC systems often become more inefficient over time, which is why performing regular maintenance on your system is so important. It can help save you money on a daily basis, and it can help prevent problems from happening when you least expect it. Do this every spring and winter. Many HVAC companies offer seasonal specials.

 

Tip 2- Plug the Leaks – Insulate Your Home

 

It’s always a good idea to check the weatherstripping around your doors and the caulking around your windows this time of year. Small leaks can lead to big utility bills, as your HVAC system is constantly having to fight the cold air coming into the house. You also want to check the insulation inside your attic. Insulating an attic is fairly easy and inexpensive, and it can make a big difference.

 

Common places air leaks occur:

 

    Electrical outlets

    Switch plates

    Door and window frames

    Electrical and gas service entrances

    Baseboards

    Weatherstripping around doors

    Fireplaces

    Attic hatches

    Window air conditioners

    Cable and phone lines

    Dryer vents

    Bathroom/kitchen vents and fans

 

Tip 3 – Get a Programmable Thermostat

 

Make your HVAC system work less when you aren’t at home. New thermostats can also connect to your smartphone, allowing you to control the temperature from anywhere.

Tip 4 – Look to the Sky

 

Even in the winter, the sun can help warm your house. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day. This will allow sunlight to natural heat your home. Close them at night to block the cold coming from the glass.


Tip 5 – Replace Your Air Filter

 

Make sure to change your air filter at least once every three months, if not sooner. Dust gets trapped in the air filter over time – which blocks the flow of air to the rest of your house. This can make your HVAC system work harder than it needs to.

 

The East Central College Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Program offers an Associates of Applied Science or Certificate of Specialization.  Students learn the basics of installation, maintenance and repair, preparing them to enter the workforce as technicians. Learn more about the program at www.eastcentral.edu/academics.