The summers and winters in Minnesota can be harsh, so it’s important that your HVAC unit is energy efficient and ready to perform. Having a working HVAC system ensures that your home will be comfortable no matter the temperature. Here are a few tips to keep your HVAC unit energy-efficient and ready for peak performance.
How To Keep Your HVAC Unit Energy Efficient
- Change your air filters as recommended for your system.
- Always have your system serviced annually.
- Invest in a smart, programmable thermostat.
- Keep plants and brush away from an outdoor HVAC unit.
- Insulate your attic, walls, and floors.
- Keep your doors and windows closed while the HVAC unit is in use.
- Install storm doors.
- Makes sure all the vents are clear, including the intact vents.
- The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you keep your thermostat 68 F during the cold months, and 78 F during the warm months.
- Invest in some blinds, drapes or other window treatments.
- Use fans to keep you feeling cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Use calking and window striping around your doors and windows to save on energy costs.
- Planting shade trees around the south and west sides of your home will help block the hot sunlight from heating up your home. They can also serve as wind blockers during the cold months.
Save Money With a ProfessionalYou may be tempted to try and save money by hiring a friend, or relative to work on your HVAC system. This is never a good idea! You need a person with the skills and expertise that come from being professionally trained on HVAC systems. When you need assistance, reach out to the qualified team at Ductworks.