Owning a home, performing necessary upkeep and all the costs that come with it can seem daunting. However, there are small changes and updates you can make at home that can help you save money and get the most out of your house and its features. The following are some tips to help you reduce your maintenance and energy costs.
Home Updates to Reduce Costs
Install CFL or LED light bulbs
CFL and LED bulbs are four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and can last for several years. Replacing a 60-watt bulb with a 14-watt CFL or LED saves on average $0.66 per month – that’s just for one bulb! Change out all the light bulbs in your home to multiply your savings.
Install a smart thermostat
Programmable thermostats are great tools that allow you to adjust settings remotely or set heating and cooling timetables. Smart thermostats are great for when the weather is unpredictable, allowing you to remotely modify your home’s environment to match the conditions outside, saving you money on heating and cooling. If you usually get home at six you can program your thermostat to start cooling the house at five. Do you need to work late? With a smart thermostat, you can remotely adjust the schedule so you don’t waste energy cooling an empty house. Some smart thermostats even learn your schedule and adjust themselves!
Use power strips
When electrical components and devices remain plugged in they draw a phantom charge, meaning some electricity is still being drawn although your device is not in use. Plugging your devices into a smart power strip can manage this phantom energy drip by directing energy to only the devices that are currently in use.
Clean out your air ducts
Air ducts cluttered with debris and dust can cause your heating and cooling costs to skyrocket and significantly degrade your home’s indoor air quality. If your ducts are dusty your air filters will dirty faster, requiring you to change them more often and reducing your system’s efficiency. Dust can also coat certain vital components of your system, such as the coils, which should be free of dirt and dust to ensure maximum efficiency. Excessive dust may also obstruct airflow, preventing it from effectively and evenly cooling your home. Removing debris and dust will reduce the stress on your AC system, and ensure your monthly energy costs are as low as possible.
Clean Out Your Air Ducts with Kay Heating and Air
Clearing cluttered air ducts is one of the best ways to save money, but cleaning deep within ducts can be difficult. Kay Heating and Air have certified Greensboro HVAC technicians with the heating and air conditioning experience to repair all makes and models of your heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality equipment.
Our teams can clear out debris from your air ducts properly, including handling sensitive complications such as mold, which requires professional care to effectively remove without spreading it to other areas of your home. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Contact Kay Heating and Air to have our professional HVAC technicians clean or repair your AC system.