10 Steps To Lower Energy Bills & Improve Indoor Air Quality
Our Comfort Heroes in Thousand Oaks, CA hear from customers all the time who want to lower their energy bills or improve their indoor air quality. These are two top concerns for every modern household.
Let us walk you through 10 steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home and the quality of the air you breathe every day.
1. Schedule Heater & Air Conditioning Maintenance
A well greased and clean engine will always perform better over a dirty one. This is true for your heating and air conditioning system too. Schedule HVAC maintenance at least twice per year just before the heating and cooling season changes. This will help to lower your energy bills and extend the life of your HVAC equipment.
2. Get Duct Cleaning Service
Dirty air ducts may harbor all types of unhealthy things, not just dust. You would not believe what is commonly found in ductwork by cleaning professionals. Duct cleaning service removes these contaminants to improve the indoor air quality and improves the performance of your HVAC system.
3. Balance The Indoor Humidity Levels
Good ventilation is important for homes that are too humid. A whole-home humidifier needs to be installed in homes with dry air. It's important to balance the level properly for health and the efficiency of your home.
Too much humidity means your HVAC system has to work harder to keep the home cool enough for your comfort. Too little humidity leaves you feeling comfortable.
4. Install A Whole-Home Air Cleaner
A whole-home air cleaner purifies the air in every room of the house all at the same time. It is installed directly into the HVAC equipment and operates automatically. You may also want to look into UV lights or a home air cleaner that uses this technology. UV light kills bacteria, viruses, and organisms like mold.
5. Install A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can learn your preferred settings. They also allow you more options to control the temperature of the house. You may also want to look into a zoning system if there are certain rooms that never reach a comfortable temperature.
6. Replace Old ACs & Furnaces
Every furnace and air conditioner gets less efficient as it ages. The other problem is that older models were as efficient as the status-quo at the time. Replace the old furnace or air conditioning equipment with a modern energy efficient model to lower your energy bills and increase your comfort level.
7. Use Area Rugs Instead Of Carpeting
Carpeting traps allergens and pollutants deep down into the fibers. If you have allergies or pets, replace the wall-to-wall carpeting with hard floors and area rugs or just go with bare floors. Be sure to shampoo the area rugs about once per year.
8. Have Your Ductwork Inspected By A Pro
Duct leaks are a huge problem that can skyrocket an energy bill. The problem is that the ductwork is located out of site-and out of mind. Have your local HVAC pro check for ductwork leaks and ask them to fix any issues.
9. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans move air around, mixing the heated or cooled air from the HVAC system with trapped heat below the ceiling. Using them will help your HVAC system to circulate the treated air better, thus making it not work so hard to reach the set temperature.
10. Take Advantage Of Off-Peak Utility Rates
Everyone has to wash clothes and clean the house at some point. Usually, the hot water heater tank, the lights, and the clothes washer & dryer are all in operation when you take care of household chores. Do these things during off-peak hours to lower your energy bills.
Most electric companies have reduced rates for hours between certain times at night. Southern California Edison offers a better rate plan for weekends, holidays, and evening hours. The rates and times vary between companies, so be sure to check your local off-peak electric rates.