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Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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8 Tips for your Heating & Cooling Systems Efficiency

Summer is on it’s way! I’m noticing more and more people complaining about “how hot it is outside” when the thermometer is reading only about 70-ish degrees and thinking, “yikes… wait until Denver hits 95+ for the majority of the summer”. So, there’s no better time that right now, while it’s still relatively cool, to check on your home’s cooling system to make sure everything is running correctly as well as efficiently. Here’s eight tips to make sure things run as smoothly and as cheaply as possible this year:

1) Air Filter

Change your air filters regularly (At least every three months, or when your filter looks dirty). Your heating and cooling system moves some serious air flow. Help it run easier by keeping the filter changed so that your system isn’t working harder than it needs to by trying to force air through a clogged filter!

2) Watch Your Thermostat

According to Energy.gov, you can lower your heating bill substantially by setting your thermostat to 68°F during wakeful hours, and setting it back a few degrees while you’re asleep – or while you’re away at work. In the summer months, you can follow similar rules by setting the A/C to 78°F during the hours that you are home, and higher when you are away for any measurable time.

3) Open {or Close} Your Vents

If you have a basement, you may be able to close off vents in the summer months while nature works in your favor – just be sure to open them back up in the winter months. Additionally, keep an eye on vents in kids rooms. Not only can they get covered by toys or blankets, but kids love playing with the levers on vent covers. If this is a problem, you might consider looking for vents without a close option for childrens’ bedrooms and play areas.

4) Put Your Ceiling Fan to Work

Set your fan (with the switch often found on motor housing) counter-clockwise for summer months to help blow cooler air down your way, and clockwise in winter monthsat a low speed to help circulate air upwards and then throughout the room without blowing on you with a “cooling” effect.

5) Clean Air Return Vents

Air return vents tend to build up with dust and other debris. Be sure to clean these periodically to keep this gunk from bogging down your system and clogging up your filters.

6) Take Advantage of Nature

Take advantage of cool mornings in the summer and warm afternoons in cooler months to welcome fresh air into your home by opening windows and doors where possible.

7) Have Your Systems Serviced

Your HVAC system works hard. Help keep it running at optimal performance by having it service periodically by a professional. Get recommendations from local friends and family, or review websites, to help you locate a technician or service that is reputable and honest.

8) Go HE

If you’re running an older system, you could be throwing money right out the door. Consider having the unit replaced with a higher efficiency model, and see your investment return in no time!

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