Do you watch your energy bill creep up every month? Does nothing seem to bring it down, even when you use less AC and keep your Bristol, IN home at a higher temperature? Here are a few secrets from the pros to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Seal Cracks and Improve Insulation
The first step toward improving energy efficiency is to figure out where your air is going. Without the right insulation, you could push climate-controlled air right out of your house. Seal cracks that your air escapes from in windows or door frames and invest in insulating materials to keep the air in your home.
Clean Your Air Filters and HVAC System Regularly
Dirty filters are ineffective and make your HVAC system work harder. Your system has to push air through a dirty filter, which catches fewer pollutants the more it gets filled up. Always change your air filters monthly and schedule seasonal maintenance to check and clean your system.
DIY Climate Control
You can take steps during the day and night to improve the climate control of your home. For example, open the blinds during the day to let the sunshine in to warm your house, or close them during the day to keep it out and cool your home. Similarly, closing thicker curtains can help insulate your home by trapping heat in the winter.
Keep the Oven Closed When You Cook
Each time you open your oven, the temperature drops 25 degrees, forcing it to use more energy to reach the desired temperature. Opening the oven also releases a cloud of hot air into your home, which isn’t ideal during the summer months. Instead, look for an oven that you can see from the outside and resist the urge to check on your chicken pot pie or oatmeal cookies.
If these steps don’t work, you may need an HVAC intervention. Call Rex’s Heating and Cooling today at (574) 534-5098 for help you figuring out why your energy bill keeps going up and where your air is escaping.