You’re tired of high utility costs, but do you have to pour hard-earned money into your Birmingham, Alabama, home to increase energy efficiency? Not at all. Use these three cost-effective strategies to improve energy efficiency by reducing strain on your HVAC system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

Nothing will give you a more energy-efficient return on investment than scheduling regular, professional HVAC maintenance. Over time, your unit wears down, leading to lower efficiency, higher utility costs, and a greater potential for more costly HVAC problems. Scheduling HVAC maintenance at least twice a year will ensure that your heating and cooling system is prepared to efficiently handle the demands of the season. During a professional maintenance appointment, our technicians will improve energy efficiency by cleaning your unit, replacing worn components, topping off refrigerant, and more.

Energy Efficiency Improved by Adjusting Cooling Habits

Adjusting your cooling habits may be the least costly method of improving your energy efficiency. The harder you push your system, the more it strains to meet your requirements, and the lower your efficiency will drop. Instead of driving your unit to keep your home cold, program your thermostat to keep the temperature as close as possible to the temperature outside. While you’re home, keep your temperature between 75 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. While you’re away, let your home heat up to around 80. The reduced exertion on your system will improve its efficiency and cut your utility costs.

Clean Your Home

Cleaning your home does more than prepare your living space for guests. In addition to improving indoor air quality, cleaning your home can also enhance energy efficiency. Removing clutter around vents and heat registers can improve your HVAC airflow and reduce strain on the system. You can further boost efficiency by cleaning around your indoor air handler and by removing debris from around your outdoor compressor unit.

Don’t let the fear of high costs keep you from improving energy efficiency in your home. To improve efficiency with professional HVAC maintenance, call One Source Heating and Cooling at 205-209-4246.

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