Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s well-managed can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Routinely having your HVAC system serviced can improve performance and help save you money in electric costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some easy steps you can take to improve your Robstown home. Seal any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny breaches can let heat or cool air escape your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler when the sun goes down, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. In the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to stop heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is normally connected to keeping your home warm in the colder months, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly looking for cooler spaces—like your house. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from moving through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are open. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated. Make sure your ducts are accurately sealed to stop air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Correctly sealing and insulating ducts is even more important if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re out and about or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will get back to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a lower-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home at a faster rate, but the time it takes to cool won’t be affected. You’ll end up costing yourself more in energy. Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as little as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its usual setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan together with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without impacting your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re putting lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances around your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for an extended time because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling. Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call McNatt Inc for an check up. It may be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov. If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call McNatt Inc at 361-247-0605. Our pros can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.