Central Oregon Heating And Air Conditioning
6 Tips For A More Energy Efficient Home In Oregon
Your home’s HVAC system is one of the biggest consumers of energy in your house. For that reason, homeowners often ask us how they can make their homes more energy efficient. Having a more energy efficient home is not only more environmentally friendly, but also lowers your energy bills and puts less strain on your HVAC system. As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to reducing your home’s energy consumption!
Here at Professional Heating & Cooling Inc, we know all there is to know about residential heating and cooling systems. For the past 15 years, we’ve provided valuable maintenance, repair, and installation services to keep your home’s furnace and air conditioner running at peak, energy-efficient performance. During that time, we’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks for how to make your home as energy efficient as possible. Take a look at our recommendations below!
1. Insulate Your Doors and Windows
Did you know that doors and windows are responsible for up to one-third of a home’s heat loss? That translates into your HVAC system working harder and consuming more energy. Not to mention, higher energy bills! When you insulate your doors and windows with weatherstripping, it prevents your home’s temperature-controlled air from escaping. It also blocks the extreme outdoor temperatures from leaking into your home. Ultimately, insulating your home’s doors and windows will stabilize the indoor temperature so your furnace and AC don’t need to work as hard.
2. Change Your Air Filters
Changing your furnace air filter is easy enough that you can do it without the help of a professional. The air filter is a small screen that sits inside your HVAC system and filters our dust, dirt, and other floating debris from your home’s air. After a time, the filter gets clogged and can’t do its job as well. In fact, the filter can get so clogged that it hurts your home’s heating and cooling system but allowing debris to accumulate in its moving parts. By changing out the filter every three to six months, you can keep your HVAC system running at peak performance and efficiency.
3. Program Your Thermostat
If you live in a modern home or an older home that has been recently updated, you probably have a programmable thermostat. Taking advantage of your thermostat is one of the best and most effective ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption. By scheduling it to lower a few degrees when you’re away at work, your furnace won’t work as hard to warm up an empty house. You can schedule the thermostat to gradually rise to your desired temperature by the time you arrive home. Even turning your thermostat down a degree or two will save a significant amount of energy and lower your heating costs.
4. Schedule Routine Heating & Cooling Maintenance
Just like your car, your air conditioner and furnace need routine maintenance to stay in peak condition. The wear and tear caused by running around the clock to maintain your home’s internal temperature will eventually take a toll on the system. HVAC systems that don’t receive regular maintenance suffer from reduced energy efficiency, higher rates of energy consumption, and higher energy bills.
To keep your home’s furnace and air conditioner in top condition, we recommend scheduling a professional tune-up with our talented technicians here at Professional Heating & Cooling Inc. We’ll make sure your system is properly cleaned and calibrated so it’s not consuming any more energy than is absolutely necessary to keep your home comfortable all year round.
5. Use Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans create a welcomed sensation of comfort and cool air during the hot summer months. In fact, fans create enough air movement that you can get away with raising your AC by up to four degrees without any noticeable increase in air temperature. Plus, your ceiling fan consumes less energy overall than your home’s heating and cooling system. With this trick, you can save energy while maintaining the same level of summertime comfort in your home.
6. Close Blinds and Windows During the Day
When the sun’s intense rays shine down on your home, a portion of that heat is absorbed by your house and transferred into the interior. This translates into a higher internal temperature which your air conditioner then has to struggle against to maintain your desired level of comfort. Much of this heat transfer takes place around exterior facing doors and windows.
By closing your blinds and curtains during the day, you can block some of this heat from entering your home. This is especially effective for southern-facing windows, which receive the most sun exposure.
Central Oregon’s Heating & Cooling Company
For over 15 years, Professional Heating & Cooling Inc. has provided homeowners in central Oregon with dependable, high-quality HVAC services. We combine our extensive knowledge of heating and cooling systems with courteous customer service for a truly superb experience.
To schedule maintenance or learn more about any of our or other services, simply give us a call today!
Professional Heating & Cooling
418 SW Black Butte Blvd
Redmond, OR 97756