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Heat & Cool Efficiently

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills and your comfort. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Change your air filter regularly – Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.

Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly – A yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.

Save about $180 every year in energy costs by installing a programmable thermostat

Seal your heating and cooling ducts – Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent and sometimes much more.

Add attic insulation and plug air leaks to keep warm air inside during the winter and outside in the summer. Seal leaks with spray foam, caulk or weather stripping.

$200 Can be cut from a home’s annual energy bill by replacing a 10 year old HVAC system with high performance equipment. Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment if your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by Total Maintenance & Service.


Source: www.energystar.gov

 
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