Changing your air filter on a regular schedule not only extends the life of your HVAC system and drastically improves the quality of the air in your home, but it also saves money on your energy bill by cutting down on your heating and cooling costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that changing your air filter on a regular schedule will save 5 to 15% on your heating and cooling costs. While FilterEasy makes changing your air filter on a regular schedule EASY, there are many other ways to save money on your energy bill. Here are a few quick, energy-saving tips:
- Set your thermostat on a schedule. This ensures your system is only running when it needs to be... No need to keep the house at 68 degrees during the day, when the whole family is at work and school.
- Wrap your water heater with an insulating blanket and set the thermostat lower than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The insulation will help keep its temperature constant and also ensure energy isn't wasted heating your water to a higher-than-necessary temperature.
- Seal off drafts coming from exterior doors, windows and electrical outlets--even small amounts of cold air droughts coming in from outside can make your system work harder in order to keep you house warm.
- Add timers or motion sensors to your lights, along with dimmers. This ensures you don't use wasted energy when you are not at home.
- Shield your interior living spaces from the sun. By using thick curtains, blinds, or even tinted window film, you can reduce your cooling costs since the sun won't be warming up your living space.
- If you haven't already switched, make the switch to LED bulbs. LED light bulbs consume 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last much longer.
- Utilize off-peak rates to run major appliances. If your energy provider offers off-peak usage rates, take advantage of them. These "time-of-use" plans allow you to save by using major appliances (like your dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) outside of peak hours (typically after 7 or 8PM). Contact your energy provider to see if they offer a time-of-use plan and learn how it works.
- The U.S. Department of Energy produced an easy-to-read infographic that offers a primer on cutting down energy costs associated with your HVAC system.
Although changing your air filters may add one more item to your already lengthy 'to do' list, the long-term financial benefits will outweigh the short-term hassle. Lower energy costs and fewer repair bills are just the beginning of the benefits you can enjoy.