Having an HVAC system installed in your home is a great way to ensure that your family stays comfortable indoors all year long. But with the convenience of an HVAC system comes the extra expense in energy costs each month. Luckily, you can make a few energy-saving home updates to complement your new HVAC system and help offset your heating and cooling costs – consider implementing the following effective options:
Install New Windows
Installing new energy-efficient windows is a great way to save some money and help offset the cost of running your HVAC system. Not only will new energy efficient windows lower your heating and cooling costs, but they'll also help to minimize unwanted interior drafts so it's easier to maintain optimal temperatures inside. Most modern energy efficient windows are also designed to prevent condensation buildup on glass surfaces, which helps to keep mold and mildew buildup under control.
What's more is that energy efficient-windows work to reduce UV transmission, which will help to protect your furniture, flooring, and walls from sun damage and fading throughout the year. Once your new windows are installed, you can increase their performance by using caulking or spray foam insulation to seal the frames. In addition, consider applying insulation window film to the glass for extra insulation and added depth – the film comes in a variety of colors, styles, and designs. You can even make your windows look like they're made of stained glass!
Incorporate Ceiling Fans
Installing ceiling fans throughout your home will help keep temperatures uniform and decrease the overall workload of your HVAC system so it stays in good shape throughout the years. Most ceiling fans use only about 60 watts of power each hour opposed to the 3,5000 watts your HVAC system needs to run. So running your fans at night in place of your air conditioner or heater, and turning them on during the day to complement the use of your HVAC system should save you a considerable amount of money throughout the year.
During summer months, program your ceiling fans to run counterclockwise so the air blows directly down into the room and creates continual air movement for a breezy feel. In the winter, program your ceiling fans to run clockwise, which will keep warm air circulating throughout your home.
Once you have incorporated these energy saving techniques into your household, it should be easy to maintain optimal temperatures indoors without putting too much wear and tear on your new HVAC system. To learn more, speak with a professional HVAC company such as Homeplace Furnace Duct & Fireplace Cleaning.