We can all benefit from saving money where we can. One of the easiest ways to do so is by making some energy-efficient changes throughout your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or adding a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC equipment, contributing to a more energy-efficient home and more affordable monthly energy bills.  

Read on to learn about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home improvements. 

 1. Use a Smart Thermostat  

If you still use an older thermostat and access it manually, consider taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which contains numerous features to make your home more energy efficient. 

The function homeowners enjoy the most is being able to adjust their smart thermostats from anywhere by using their smartphone or other smart device. For example, if you forget to change your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can just pull out your smartphone and make the necessary adjustment.  

Similar to a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat enables you to pre-set your home’s temperature according to the time of day and day of the week so you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. Smart thermostats also feature the capability to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient adjustments. They even create monthly energy reports that illustrate how much energy you've used and when so you can make modifications to cut costs.  

If you’re wanting to know how to obtain a free smart thermostat, talk to your utility company to find out if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats offered. 

2. Regularly Scheduled Tune-Ups for Your HVAC System 

Unfortunately, lots of homeowners often forget to keep their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this might not seem like a problem, ignoring maintenance will sometimes result in a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan. 

During an HVAC maintenance service, the technician is going to inspect your HVAC system, clean key components, and pinpoint minor issues before they produce bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance keeps HVAC systems running in optimal condition, which means less energy is used to heat and cool your home. This will help with your energy bills, prolong the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and contribute to fewer repairs. 

We recommend two HVAC tune ups every year – one in the spring before summer and another in the fall before the arrival of winter weather. 

3. Replacing Your Old, Inefficient HVAC Equipment 

Regretfully, like every appliance, HVAC systems have a shelf life and eventually need to be replaced. Newer heaters and cooling products are much more effective than units sold just over a decade ago. Thankfully, local HVAC companies like Air Masters Heating & Cooling can handle professional services like furnace installation in Port Orchard.  

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can run for about 15-20 years. If your system is within that timeframe, it can be a good idea to replace them now to avoid premature equipment failure that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your equipment is around 15 years old and has a problem that needs an expensive repair, it’s almost always time to replace the system. As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading to a new HVAC system could save you between 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll get back some of the costs of buying a new system. 

 A professional HVAC technician can help you determine the most energy efficient HVAC system available. For the most part, try to find HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, which means the equipment fulfills firm guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are often some of the most efficient systems on the market, offering both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is for heating systems and illustrates how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, on the other hand, is used to measure the energy efficiency of cooling equipment.  

Call a reputable HVAC provider like Air Masters Heating & Cooling for air conditioning installation in Port Orchard. 

 4. Switch to More Energy-Efficient Air Filters 

If you’re searching for new HVAC filters, remember that not all air filters are capable of providing the same results. Certain air filters are far more successful than others, contributing to lower energy bills and a clean home. 

The performance of HVAC air filters is rated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges between 1-20; the higher the number, the more efficient the filters are. It’s important to note, though, that high-efficiency air filters can in fact obstruct airflow too much based on the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s worthwhile to study the owner’s manual before getting a filter to find the best option for your system.