We can all benefit from saving money here and there. An easy way to do this is by identifying energy inefficiencies around your home. Upgrading your HVAC system or adding a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC equipment, resulting in a more energy-efficient home and lower monthly energy bills.  

Read on to learn about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home improvements. 

 1. Look for a Smart Thermostat  

If you still use a round-dial thermostat and access it manually, consider taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which includes a number of features to improve your home's energy efficiency. 

The function homeowners appreciate the most is having the ability to control their smart thermostats from wherever through their smartphone or other smart device. For example, when you forget to use your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can easily pull out your smartphone and make the necessary adjustment.  

Just like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat permits you to schedule your home’s temperature determined by the time of day and day of the week so you’re not spending energy on an empty house. Smart thermostats also offer the ability to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient modifications. They can even create monthly energy reports that illustrate how much energy you’re using and when so you can make changes to cut costs.  

If you’re wondering how to obtain a free smart thermostat, check with your utility company to see if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats offered. 

2. Routine HVAC Maintenance 

Regrettably, some homeowners often forget to keep their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this does not seem like a huge deal, inadequate maintenance will sometimes lead to a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan. 

When performing an HVAC maintenance service, a heating and cooling technician will evaluate your HVAC system, clean key components, and identify minor problems before they produce bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance keeps HVAC systems running in optimal condition, which means less energy is used to heat and cool your home. This can reduce your energy bills, expand the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and contribute to fewer repairs. 

We recommend two HVAC tune ups each year – one in the spring before summer and again in the fall before the arrival of cold weather. 

3. Replacing Your Worn-Down, Inefficient HVAC Equipment 

Annoyingly, like any appliance, HVAC systems have a shelf life and inevitably need to be replaced. New heaters and cooling products are much more efficient than units sold just over a decade ago. Luckily, helpful HVAC companies like Parker County Cooling & Heating can handle professional services like furnace installation in Weatherford.  

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can last approximately 15-20 years. If your system is within that period of time, it can be a good idea to replace them ahead of time to prevent untimely breakdowns that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your HVAC system is around 15 years old and needs an expensive repair, it’s definitely time to replace it. Per the U.S. Department of Energy, getting a new HVAC system can sometimes save you between 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll recover some of the costs of installing a new system. 

 A professional heating and cooling technician can help you determine the most energy efficient HVAC system for your needs. As a general rule of thumb, try to find HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, meaning the equipment satisfies firm guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are some of the most efficient systems available, boasting both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, on the other hand, is used to measure the energy efficiency of air conditioning systems.  

Call a reputable HVAC provider like Parker County Cooling & Heating for air conditioning installation in Weatherford. 

 4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters 

The next time you’re searching for new HVAC filters, keep in mind that not all air filters are capable of providing the same results. Specific air filters are far more efficient than others, contributing to lower energy bills and cleaner indoor air. 

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is rated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges between 1-20; the higher the number, the more efficient the filters are. It’s important to note, however, that high-efficiency air filters can in fact obstruct airflow too much depending on the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s important to review the owner’s manual before getting a filter to find the best option for your system.