From changing dirty air filters to scheduling your thermostat, most residents in New Jersey already have a few tricks up their sleeve to improve and save on HVAC costs. The goal is to boost energy efficiency. But given the expense of equipment and the power to run it, Point Bay Fuel wants to help residents save all year long with even more heating and cooling tips.
Get ready to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter; these four tips and tricks will blow your mind (not your budget).
4 Heating And Cooling Tips And Tricks
Know Your HVAC System
To maximize performance and save the most energy, you need to know a little bit about your HVAC system. Here are a few questions to find out the answers to:
- Do you know exactly how your home is heated and cooled?
- Do you have central air conditioning, mini-split systems, heat pumps, or a boiler?
- What kind of fuel do you use? Is it home heating oil, electricity, solar, natural gas or propane?
- Do you know how old your HVAC system is?
- What is your SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), EER (energy efficiency ratio), AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) or HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) ratings? The higher the ratings, the more efficient your unit.
- Do you know your warranty’s term and what actions could possibly void it?
Reduce The Strain
Unnecessary stress on an HVAC system can lead to a reduction in its effectiveness and long-term lifespan. Avoid allowing your home to become too hot this summer; an excessively hot house requires a LOT of unnecessary strain and energy to cool. The amount of energy required to get back to a comfortable temperature is not only costly, but it can also damage the unit in the process.
Give It Breathing Room
Occasionally check your outdoor HVAC system to ensure it’s free of debris and leaves which may affect the system’s performance. Cut back and trim trees, shrubs and other plants so they don’t interfere with the normal operation and air flow that the HVAC requires for optimal performance (the same goes for snow in the winter). In other words, give it some breathing room.
Give It Some Love
Sealing leaky ducts may be the biggest single thing you can do to improve efficiency, but heating and cooling maintenance is high up on the list, too. Hire a professional HVAC service to perform annual including: replacing dirty filters, keeping the right charge and airflow, cleaning the coils. These pre-season tune-ups will keep your systems in optimal working condition and alert you to any small problems that could become more expensive repair issues down the line.
Point Bay Fuel, Your Local, Reliable Heating And Cooling Company
Don’t wait until an HVAC emergency to search for a reliable company you can trust to get the job done right the first time. With these heating and cooling tips and tricks you can maximize your unit’s life by keeping it in good shape (and boost energy savings at the same time).
If you ever have questions about your heating or cooling unit, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Point Bay Fuel, we’ve proudly served Ocean County, New Jersey areas since 1906 and can’t wait to become your trusted HVAC expert! Contact us today, (732) 349-5059.