Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in energy costs. Thankfully, there’s even more you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some painless steps you can take to improve your Lawrence home. Secure any leaks around your windows and doors. Even miniscule breaches can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping every place you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler at night, turn off your AC and open the windows. After you get up in the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is usually equated with keeping your home warm in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the warmer season. Heat is constantly seeking cooler places—like your home. Sufficient insulation stops heat from passing through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are open. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated. Check to see your ducts are properly sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned area. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency simple. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re out and about or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home quicker, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll just cost yourself more in energy. Turn your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill low, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as little as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without changing your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling. Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Scott Temperature for an assessment. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can lower your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov. If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Scott Temperature at 785-269-0465. Our team can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.