As You Write That Check to Uncle Sam, Here Are Ways You Can Lower the Check You Write to Heat and Cool Your Home

Will HVAC cost savings deliver enough payback to compensate for taxes that are due on April 15? Our advice: Consult your accountant or tax adviser.

What we can say, however, is that cost-effective steps to reduce energy consumption lower monthly cooling and heating expenses. Air conditioning accounts for more than 10% of total annual household energy expenses, while heating represents about 20%. Targeted improvements to increase HVAC cost savings during these seasons can add up to a meaningful return in a reasonable time frame.

Start cooling and heating seasons with a preventative maintenance checkup by a qualified HVAC service technician to ensure all components are up to specs. Additionally, here’s a list of more doable actions to reduce costs:

  • Air seal the house. Find and fill structural gaps and cracks that let heat in during the summer or out during the winter using silicone caulking. Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Replace the air filter. A dirty filter strangles HVAC airflow, causing the system to run longer cycles. Wear and tear also increases. During the summer, install a new filter every month. During the winter, check it monthly and replace it at least every other month.
  • Utilize your programmable thermostat. Program specific temperature settings to reduce HVAC activity during time frames when the home’s unoccupied, as well as after bedtime. The Department of Energy recommends that when people are home and awake, it be set to 78 degrees. In the summer, for every degree you increase that setting above 78 for at least eight hours, A/C energy savings increase by 1%.
  • Augment cooling with ceiling fans. In combination with central air, a ceiling fan makes rooms feel cooler while consuming a lot less electricity than the A/C. This allows you to bump the thermostat up a few degrees with no noticeable comfort loss.
  • Get your ductwork checked. Hidden air leaks in ducts can lose as much as 50% of cooled or heated air. A qualified HVAC contractor can determine the extent and location of duct leaks and provide options for sealing them.

Serving Terre Haute homeowners since 1922, Paitson Bros. professionals are prepared to help you maximize HVAC cost savings in all seasons.

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