"How can I lower my utility bills?" That's a question we hear a lot at P.K. Wadsworth. While the answer can vary widely from home to home, here are some energy-saving tips that can help many homeowners throughout Greater Cleveland:
- Keep up with preventive HVAC maintenance. You may rely on your HVAC system even more than your car, yet you might have never even considered scheduling regular tuneups for your heating and cooling equipment. Regular preventive maintenance helps keep dirt and dust out of your system, optimizing efficiency, and catches small problems before they devolve into expensive breakdowns. Keeping your equipment at the top of its game can lower utility bills.
- Change your air filter. The filter helps to protect your equipment's components from being fouled by dirt. But if an air filter is already full of dust and dirt, it can’t capture more. What it can do is restrict airflow, which can contribute to higher utility payments plus damage expensive components in your equipment. Check your furnace filter monthly and especially during high-use periods. For people living in the Greater Cleveland area, you can sign up for P K Wadsworth's free email reminder service to help you keep up to date on changing your filter regularly.
- Get the most out of your programmable thermostat. Use settings that save energy during the day, when everyone’s out of the house, and at night when everyone’s sleeping. The programmable thermostat will return the temperature that is desired before you awake or return from work or being gone.
- Seal air leaks throughout the house. A house that leaks air leaks energy. Grab a caulk gun or some spray foam (depending on the size of the leak), and seal leaks around window and door frames, in the shell of the building, in the attic and in the basement.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Just one CFL can save $35 over the course of its life span. Switching every bulb in the house can add up.
For a comprehensive picture of how your home uses (and loses) energy, get a Home Performance Assessment. It can show you the worst offenders and provide suggestions for improving performance that will have you saying, “I managed to lower my utility bills.”
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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