During the last few years, HVAC manufacturers have introduced several energy-efficient HVAC models in the market. However, HVACs still remain one of the most energy-consuming home appliances. According to Energy Saver (U.S. Department of Energy), an average American household consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for its air conditioning and heating requirements every year. This post discusses a few easy-to-follow tips that can help one reduce their HVAC energy consumption. Let’s take a look!
Ensure Routine Maintenance
HVACs are exposed to dirt, dust, and various other pollutants. The accumulation of these pollutants on HVAC parts such as air filters, condenser coils, and evaporator coils leads to reduced HVAC efficiency, increasing run time and higher energy consumption. Regular HVAC maintenance helps ensure a cleaner HVAC that consumes less power. If you want to hire an HVAC contractor in Auburn, WA, contact us at Rainier Heating & Cooling.
Install Cool Roofs
A typical standard roof can reach temperatures as high as 150°F (and sometimes even more) during summer. And the higher the roof temperature, the more energy an HVAC consumes. Cool roofs can help reduce these temperatures by 50°F as it reflects sunlight. This, in turn, helps reduce the HVAC’s energy consumption and lower energy bills.
Note: The cool roofs are made using highly reflective paint, sheet coverings, or tiles and shingles.
Insulate Your Home
No matter how efficient your HVAC is, you will always end up paying high energy bills if there’s heating or cooling loss due to leaks. Schedule a furnace tune-up in Tacoma to ensure that your home is adequately insulated and has no leaks. As mentioned earlier, ensure regular maintenance/inspection of your HVAC, as it will help you detect any leaks early on and allow you to have them fixed on time.
Manage Peak-Hour Energy Consumption
The energy prices during the peak hours are much higher than those during the off-peak hours. To save on your energy bills, turn on your HVAC a few hours before the peak hours start so that your home is adequately heated or cooled in advance, and you can turn off the HVAC during the off-peak hours.
Note: The energy consumption might remain the same, but you won’t have to pay a premium for peak-hour energy consumption.
Maintain Optimal Temperature Range
Many people have this habit of running their HVACs at peak temperatures. However, this is not advisable because it not only leads to higher energy consumption, but it also leads to an increased load on your HVAC, thereby reducing its service life. Make sure you always run your HVAC within an optimal temperature range. Refer to the HVAC manual or consult an HVAC contractor in Auburn, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, and nearby areas to find out the optimal temperature range of your HVAC.
If your energy bills have increased recently, try the above-mentioned tips to reduce your HVAC’s energy consumption and lower your energy bills. If the issue persists, contact us at Rainier Heating & Cooling. We offer all types of air conditioning and services ranging from furnace repair to heating replacement to AC maintenance in Auburn, Puyallup, Tacoma, Bonney Lake, and nearby areas. To schedule an appointment, call us at (253) 600-2758 or drop us a line at email@example.com.