When the heating and cooling bills at your Delray Beach, Florida, home continue to rise, you may be looking for ways to cut those costs. You can reduce your energy usage without having to become the “keeper of the thermostat” by following these simple tips.
Replace the Weatherstripping
Every door and window in your home should have weatherstripping around it to seal off cracks and openings that lead to the outdoors. If your weatherstripping is worn out or worse, not even there anymore, you’ll end up adjusting the thermostat to compensate for air leaking through these gaps. Simply replacing the weatherstripping can save a lot of energy. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that updating these seals can save up to 20 percent of the energy used to heat and cool a home. Doing so may also help keep spiders, insects, and other pests out of your home.
When the ducts in your HVAC system are full of dirt, dust, hair, dander, pollen, and other contaminants, the system has to work harder to move warm and cool air. Bring in a professional to clean and sanitize the ducts. An added bonus of this service is that you’ll have better indoor air quality, helping to reduce allergies and other health problems.
Update Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is helpful in reducing energy waste since it allows you to set a temperature and then leave it alone. But take it a step further by investing in a smart thermostat. Many of these options track usage and common habits, then use that data to adjust accordingly and keep the temperature lower during the winter months and higher during the summer months when you’re typically asleep or not at home.
Smart thermostats are more expensive than traditional ones, but it’s worth the investment to save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling bills. You could even qualify for an incentive or rebate.
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