Energy-Saving Tips to Maximize Your Cincinnati Heating and Cooling System Performance
by Greg Leisgang on June 10, 2014
Posted in: Energy Savings
The heating and cooling system in is likely the biggest energy consumer in your Cincinnati home. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that the average household spends nearly half of their energy budgets keeping their homes comfortable. These tips will help you maximize the performance of your home and Cincinnati HVAC system to cut energy costs.
- Have your heating and cooling system serviced each year. Cincinnati heating and cooling service professionals clean and adjust all the parts, bringing the system back to its factory settings as much as possible. Your technician can tell you when it's time to consider replacing it based on its condition and your energy bills. As these systems age, they tend to use more energy, costing you more each cooling season.
- Ask a Cincinnati heating and cooling expert to inspect the ductwork for leakage. Air leaks create uncomfortable rooms and degrade indoor air quality, along with increasing energy consumption in proportion to the amount of air leakage.
- Inspect the air filter monthly yourself, particularly when your equipment is running often. A filter that's covered in dust lowers its performance because the dust blocks some of the airflow and can cover the parts, slowing the cooling process.
- Make it a habit to turn up the temperature when you're not home. You'll save substantial energy by keeping your home at 85 degrees when you're not there. If you're away routinely, consider a programmable thermostat to remember for you.
- Check the amount of insulation in the attic. The DOE recommends from 16 to 20 inches in the attic for homes in Cincinnati to reduce heating and cooling usage.
- Deal with the windows by closing the drapes or installing solar window films. The films block heat transmission year-round without obstructing your view.
- Caulk cracks around window frames and apply fresh weatherstripping around exterior doors if you see light coming through.
- Turn the water heater's temperature down to 120 degrees. It's an easy way to cut energy usage and lower scalding possibilities.
To learn more about energy efficiency and your HVAC equipment in Cincinnati, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling. We've provided heating and cooling services in the area for more than 50 years.
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