An energy-efficient home offers you a comfortable temperature at a reduced cost. Although many newer HVAC units approach 90 to 100 percent energy-efficiency, you don’t necessarily have to run out and purchase a new one to be more efficient. These tips will help to improve your Birmingham, Alabama, home’s efficiency without sacrificing comfort.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you are not yet ready to purchase a new and efficient HVAC unit, then the next best thing you can do is to purchase a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats help you maintain a consistent temperature while also cutting heating and cooling costs when you are away from home or sleeping. In fact, you can set your thermostat to decrease or increase at a specified time automatically. Additionally, many of today’s programmable thermostats can also be controlled when you are not home via your smartphone.
Add a Ceiling Fan
Equipping a ceiling fan in your home offers you a natural and free cooling source. Pairing a programmable thermostat with a ceiling fan can significantly improve your home’s efficiency. A ceiling fan helps to circulate the air in the room while also creating a cool draft of air.
Using a ceiling fan allows you to increase the thermostat setting approximately 4 degrees without any noticeable difference in comfort.
Improve Your Insulation
Poor insulation in the home can lead to a loss of conditioned air or heat. As a result, you will have to keep adjusting the thermostat in an attempt to reach a comfortable temperature. Over time, a lack of insulation can lead to expensive heating and cooling bills. Improving the insulation in your home will keep more of the air conditioning or heat in, thus improving your home’s overall efficiency.
Investing in a programmable thermostat, equipping ceiling fans, and improving the insulation in your home are all great ways to improve your home’s efficiency. Call Total Comfort Heating & Air today at (205) 386-2056 to discuss additional ways to improve your Birmingham, Alabama, heating and cooling efficiency.
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