In the sweltering Dallas, Texas, heat, air conditioning is a must. It’s also expensive and uses a large amount of energy. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 50 percent of overall summertime energy costs in American households. Discover some simple ways you can "go green" with your HVAC system and cut energy costs to boot.
Use a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are connected to the internet and allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely from your smartphone or device. This way, you can keep the AC running on high only when you’re home and not around the clock. Not only can you adjust the temperature in your home, but you can also optimize energy usage in your home because smart thermostats get to know your temperature preferences and schedule.
Seal Duct Work
Many of the steps you take towards a greener HVAC system will be in vain if your ducts are leaking air. Duct systems are complex and will need maintenance and repair as they wear down over time. Making sure they are properly sealed means that your air conditioning cools your living spaces, not the space in your attic or between your walls.
Have Ceiling Fans Installed
Ceiling fans use much less energy than air conditioning units. They keep air flowing through your home on milder days, meaning you could turn off the AC altogether. On hot days, the extra airflow means you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher than you would if you were using AC alone. In the winter, reversing the ceiling fan direction will distribute rising heat to the rest of the room.
Have Your System Professionally Checked
Consulting with HVAC professionals is a must before making any significant changes to your HVAC system, but regular maintenance is just as important to make sure your system is ready to take on the Texas summer months. Checking that your HVAC unit is running smoothly will prevent a faulty unit from wasting energy and keep your energy bill lower.
Our HVAC experts at Advanced Home Comfort are here to provide professional advice as well as maintenance and installation services on your HVAC system. Call us at 972-299-8578 to schedule an appointment!
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