It’s easy to think of winter and summer as the times to worry most about the energy efficiency of your Glenview, Illinois, home. Your energy bills tend to the highest during those seasons, thanks to heavy HVAC use. Instead of focusing on winter and summer, look at the bigger picture. Using less energy is a year-round venture, and there are plenty of actions you can take in the spring to cut energy use in your home. Take a look at these eight ways to use less energy and save on your energy costs during spring in our area.
Switch Light Bulbs
If you are still using standard bulbs as an inexpensive lighting option, consider switching to CFL or LED bulbs instead. CFL bulbs cost less than LEDs, but they also don’t last as long. LED light bulbs last so long they might never need replacing during the time you live in your home.
Find and Fix Air Leaks
During the winter, we often tell homeowners to caulk and seal air leaks around windows and doors to keep out the cold air. Go ahead and do this in the spring, too. Recheck your old seals for cracked or worn caulk, and pay attention to your electrical outlets and light fixtures. Openings around these parts of your home can lead to cool air escaping and warm air getting in as the weather heats up. This can force your air conditioning system to work harder and use more energy.
Use Ceiling Fans Correctly
Don’t turn your ceiling fans off just because it’s spring. If the blades of your ceiling fans are still moving clockwise from the winter months, change them back to a counter clockwise motion. The air from the fans will keep you cooler and allow you to use your air conditioner less.
Check and Change Air Filters
You should check your air filter once a month, and change it at least every 90 days. How often you change your filter will depend on how much you use your air conditioner. Frequent use means more air cycles through the system and, therefore, more opportunity for the filter to catch pollutants. You may not need to use your air conditioner much in the spring, but a dirty filter will make it run less efficiently when you are ready to use it.
Remember Your Windows
When the temperature outside is moderate, open up the blinds and curtains to use natural sunlight instead of indoor lighting. Once the weather begins to warm up, however, close your curtains and blinds to keep your home cooler so you won’t need to rely as much on your air conditioner.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, now is the time to get one. If yours is a few years old, you might want to consider upgrading to a newer model. New programmable thermostats, like the Infinity Remote Access Touch Control by Carrier, allow you to create schedules for your HVAC system so that it provides the right temperatures according to your needs. You can also access it from your smartphone so you can adjust the temperature in your home remotely as the weather or your schedule changes.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Spring is the perfect time to schedule preventive AC maintenance. We will check every part of the system, clean the coils, check your wiring, and make sure your HVAC system is ready to go for the summer weather. A clean, calibrated HVAC system is a more energy-efficient system.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If spring is the time for maintenance, it is also an ideal time for upgrades. No one wants to have to do without air conditioning when it’s uncomfortably hot because a new air conditioner needs to be installed. Schedule your installation before the hot weather hits. Today’s models are more energy-efficient than any older system you still have. The new systems are quieter, use less energy, and give you more control over the temperature in your home, all while lowering your monthly energy bills.
If you need to schedule your spring HVAC maintenance or look into a new HVAC unit before summer arrives, contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 847-562-5292.
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