If you’re living on a tight budget, you probably make cuts wherever you can to stretch your dollar further. The following six tips help you control energy costs in your Cleveland home without sacrificing comfort.
- Check the air filter every month: The longer you keep the same air filter in place, the more dirt, dust, pet dander and other debris it collects. A clogged filter restricts airflow and forces your heating and cooling equipment to work harder, which raises energy costs. Check the air filter and replace it when it appears dirty to maintain adequate airflow.
- Seal air leaks: An inexpensive, do-it-yourself project is to seal air leaks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping. According to Energy Star, you can improve HVAC performance by as much as 20 percent when you block the drafts that enter through gaps and cracks in your home’s outer shell.
- Schedule annual preventative maintenance: It costs a little upfront, but maintenance pays for itself by letting you catch small problems early and preventing an expensive repair in the future. Maintenance also ensures every aspects of your HVAC equipment is performing at its peak for optimal efficiency.
- Install a programmable thermostat: Program setbacks to save energy while you’re gone all day or sleeping at night. A programmable thermostat allows you to control energy costs without coming home or waking up to an uncomfortable interior.
- Look into energy tax credits: Time's running out for this money-saving opportunity. To take advantage of federal tax credits for energy efficiency, you need to purchase and install qualified, high-efficiency HVAC equipment before the end of 2013.
- Select a trustworthy company for replacement, repair and maintenance: Improper installation and care of your HVAC equipment could cause it to under-perform. Get the most from your investment by only trusting the work to a reputable HVAC contractor with decades of experience.
For more information on how to control energy costs in your Cleveland home, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. Our experience serving residents in the greater Cleveland area dates back to 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
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 over 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. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. 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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