How to Reduce Your Heating & Cooling Costs

Here in Arlington, TX and throughout the area, we have pronounced changes of seasons.  When it’s cold, it can be brutally cold.  And when summer rolls around, the heat can take your breath away.

What kind of weather makes you the most comfortable? Whatever that might be, it’s even more important to be prepared for your family’s indoor comfort. And a great way to meet that objective is having your heating and cooling systems cleaned and checked at least once a year. In addition to helping prevent system breakdowns and other costly repairs, annual maintenance helps bring about substantial cuts in your monthly energy bills.

Looking for even more ways to save money on home heating and cooling? Here are 4 you can bank on:

Check your filter every month – It’s especially important to check your furnace or AC filter during periods of heavy usage:  January and February during the winter, July and August in the summer. A dirty filter restricts airflow and forces your comfort systems to work harder, thus driving up costs.

Install a programmable thermostat – Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. During winter months, you can save nearly 3 percent on home heating for each degree your thermostat is lowered. In the summer, cooling costs can be cut by up to 6 percent per degree. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust temperatures throughout the day according to your pre-set parameters, thus ensuring greater energy efficiency.

Here in Arlington, TX and throughout the area, we have pronounced changes of seasons.  When it’s cold, it can be brutally cold.  And when summer rolls around, the heat can take your breath away.

What kind of weather makes you the most comfortable? Whatever that might be, it’s even more important to be prepared for your family’s indoor comfort. And a great way to meet that objective is having your heating and cooling systems cleaned and checked at least once a year. In addition to helping prevent system breakdowns and other costly repairs, annual maintenance helps bring about substantial cuts in your monthly energy bills.

Looking for even more ways to save money on home heating and cooling? Here are 4 you can bank on:

Check your filter every month – It’s especially important to check your furnace or AC filter during periods of heavy usage:  January and February during the winter, July and August in the summer. A dirty filter restricts airflow and forces your comfort systems to work harder, thus driving up costs.

Install a programmable thermostat – Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. During winter months, you can save nearly 3 percent on home heating for each degree your thermostat is lowered. In the summer, cooling costs can be cut by up to 6 percent per degree. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust temperatures throughout the day according to your pre-set parameters, thus ensuring greater energy efficiency.

Plug the leaks – Have your attic checked to ensure you have a sealant around pipes, chimneys, ductwork, or anything else that extends through the attic floor. Sealing these leaks is a simple and inexpensive way to save 10%, or $190 per year in energy costs.

Close those shades – Blocking the suns warming rays during the summer will drive down energy costs, just as keeping them open to absorb more heat during the winter.

Has it been a year or longer since your home heating or cooling system was last cleaned and inspected?  If so, or you just can’t remember, it’s time to call Optimum Air so we can help keep your systems running longer, more efficiently, and with fewer repairs along the way.

Close those shades – Blocking the suns warming rays during the summer will drive down energy costs, just as keeping them open to absorb more heat during the winter.

Has it been a year or longer since your home heating or cooling system was last cleaned and inspected?  If so, or you just can’t remember, it’s time to call Optimum Air so we can help keep your systems running longer, more efficiently, and with fewer repairs along the way.