Winter Season Tips
Air Necessities understands that you want to be as energy-efficient as possible to save money. We have compiled a list of seasonal tips that will help you get the most out of your system at a cheaper price.
- Install storm or thermal windows and doors.
- Caulk and weather-strip all windows and doors.
- Tape and seal leaks in your duct system and coil enclosure. Consider adding insulation to your duct system.
- Wrap your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket.
- Seal gaps between heated and unheated spaces. Consider installing ceiling fans with reversible motors. In the winter, fans push warm air that collects at ceiling level back down into the room.
- Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat; it is a great way to control the temperature in your home for maximum energy efficiency.
- Install adequate insulation. Recommended: R-30 in ceilings, R-13 in exterior walls and R-11 in interior walls and floors.
- If you're in the market for a new home comfort system, select a high-efficiency, variable-speed heating and air conditioning system. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating indicates the efficiency of a gas furnace. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace. If your present furnace is ten years old or older, it's probably in the 60 to 70 percent AFUE range. That means you're wasting about 30 to 40 cents out of every dollar you spend for heat. By replacing your old furnace with a new, high-efficiency model with an AFUE of 80 or 90 percent, more of the fuel you pay for is turned into heat.
- Close shutters and drapes during winter nights.
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day.
- When using your fireplace, turn your thermostat down.
- Keep the damper closed when your fireplace is not being used.
- Dust or vacuum the vents in your home to ensure the free flow of warm air.
- Clean or replace the filter in your furnace at least once every 30 days during peak winter usage.
Summer Season Tips
- Before summer begins, have your home's air conditioning system cleaned and checked.
- Invest in a good quality, pleated air filter designed to capture more dust and debris and clean it frequently, at least every 30 days.
- Add insulation to your attic and weatherproof your house by covering all exposed windows and by weather-stripping all doors and windows.
- Keep programmable thermostats at 78 degrees (F) or higher when not at home (for each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees, you save up to five percent on cooling costs). If you don't have a programmable thermostat, consider purchasing one. It's worth the investment.
- Dust or vacuum the vents in your home often to ensure the free flow of cool air.
- Routinely replacing or cleaning the filters will help your air conditioner operate smoothly. Clogged or dirty filters block normal airflow and can reduce a system's efficiency over time. In addition, take a walk around your yard. If trees or other plants shade your home, make sure that leaves and sticks are regularly cleared away from your air conditioner.