Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency Posted April 20, 2017 A HVAC system that’s well-maintained can use much less energy than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve efficiency and help save you money in energy costs. Fortunately, there’s even more you can do to increase your house’s energy efficiency. Here are some simple actions you can take take to improve your Chadron home. Seal any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny cracks can let heat or cool air disappear from your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks. Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. When you wake up, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to avoid heat gain through the windows. Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is normally associated with keeping your home cozy in the cold season, but it also helps you out in the summer. Heat is constantly seeking cooler places—like your house. Sufficient insulation prevents heat from moving through your attic and walls. Have your ducts cleaned. Air moves easier through your home when your ducts are uncluttered. That makes your air conditioner’s job simpler. Ensure your ducts are properly sealed to prevent air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Properly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned space. Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically change your temperature when you’re away from home or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will get back to normal when needed. If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a colder-than-usual setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home at a faster rate, but the time it takes to cool won’t be changed. You’ll just cost yourself more in energy. Make your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill down, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its usual setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without negatively affecting your comfort. Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re placing lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances close to your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run for too long because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling. Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call MPC Heating & Cooling for an evaluation. It could be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov. If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call MPC Heating & Cooling at 308-832-4321. Our experts can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.