Get Energy Bills on Your Side for the Holidays

Three Ways the HVAC System Can Save Homeowners Money

It’s no secret that energy prices are rising, and families have to tighten their belts to maintain their standard of living. Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas put extra strain on budgets with traditions like hosting dinners and buying gifts, so it makes sense for homeowners to use every chance they have to lower their bills to free up money for more enjoyable things. 

Luckily, when it comes to saving on electric bills, one untapped opportunity for homeowners is the HVAC system. Heating and cooling a home is a substantial portion of monthly utility bills, so anytime homeowners can lower these bills, their efforts are more lucrative. Here are the three best ways for homeowners to save on electric bills all year long, so they don’t have a budget crunch at the end of the year. 

Install a Smart Thermostat 

thermostatThe secret to lowering heating and cooling bills is ensuring the system doesn’t run unnecessarily. That means cycling the system off when no one is home and turning it on again to adjust the indoor temperature when people return. Up until recently, this was accomplished by adjusting the thermostat as the last person was leaving the house and readjusting it when the first person returned. 

While this mostly accomplished the right goal, it was a hassle and left people uncomfortable at home waiting for the system to catch up. However, new types of thermostats allow homeowners to control the thermostat from their smartphones. Three options to save more money on utility bills with far less effort are: 

  • Programmable Thermostats: These devices are programmed according to the family’s schedule and then they automatically adjust the temperature of the home according to the programming. 
  • Smart Thermostats: Smart thermostats need no programming because they learn the family’s movement patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly. 
  • Wi-Fi Thermostats: Geo-fencing technology and apps corroborate movement data from smart devices to adjust the temperature of a home based on its occupants’ locations. 

Change Air Filters Every Season

filterIf there is one thing necessary to lower bills, it is to ensure the HVAC system isn’t working harder than it needs to. When dust and grime build up on the air filters of an HVAC system, its effectiveness is limited and energy bills will rise. Changing the air filter at least every three months will help keep the system working efficiently and lower energy bills. 

Keeping fresh filters in the HVAC system will:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Increase comfort
  • Lower the amount of dust in the home
  • Reduce the need for repairs 

Seasonal Maintenance 

While changing air filters is recommended every season, HVAC maintenance is recommended twice yearly. Fall maintenance is crucial in helping the heater run efficiently and, therefore, cheaper, but even if a homeowner has forgotten to schedule fall maintenance, it’s never too late. Fall heater maintenance from qualified professionals:

  • Increases system longevity
  • Enhances comfort
  • Reduces the likelihood of mechanical problems
  • Lowers energy bills

While a maintenance visit or plan can cost a little upfront, it always pays for itself through year-round energy savings and fewer repairs. 

About Left Coast Air

Left Coast Air is a local, family-owned and operated company serving Menifee, CA, and the surrounding neighborhoods. They provide competitive rates, free estimates, and 24/7 live answers. Call them today for AC or heating services in Menifee, CA