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:
Door and window frames
Electrical and gas service entrances
Weatherstripping around doors
Window air conditioners
Cable and phone lines
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.