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Things that make a difference!

 
 
  • Set thermostat at one temperature. Constant adjusting can cause higher utility costs. If using your thermostat as a setback type, limit the setbacks to twice a day such as when you are at work and when you are sleeping. Only setback the thermostat 6% of desired temperature (approximately five degrees).
  • When heating, try not to set the thermostat below 65 degrees or above 75 degrees. Below 65 degrees a heat pump just won't put out enough heat and above 75 degrees is using too much energy. In cooling, try not to set the thermostat below 70 degrees. Besides higher utility costs, this can cause the indoor coil to freeze and cause condensation in the house.
  • Keep coils clean. If they get dirty you can use a heavy duty degreaser and hose them down. Just turn the unit off first.
  • Don't stack things on top of the unit. If the fan is on the top the air-flow cannot be restricted. Do not put your rolled-up garden hose or landscaping products on the unit.
  • When mowing the lawn, direct the mower away from the unit. A coil blocked with grass clippings and debris drastically reduces the efficiency.
  • When using a weed whacker be careful near the unit. Debris can damage the coil, flatten the aluminum fins, and cut the thermostat wires; shorting out the transformer. This makes for an expensive repair bill.
  • Reset all your breakers
  • Cleaned your filters
  • Checked settings on thermostat & humidistat
  • Seal around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and any other places that can be a source for an air leak.
  • On the outside of your home, use a high quality caulk to seal around all windows and doors where the frames meet exterior siding or brick.
  • There are probably many other areas of your exterior that may need to be caulked as well. If you have any loose glass panes in a window, use a glazing compound to reseal them.
  • Inside your home, use weather stripping and gaskets to seal around the moving parts of windows and doors and around electrical outlets.
  • Check heating ducts for leaks, and make sure they're sealed professionally. Close off ducts to rooms that are not used. Make sure drapes, furniture and carpets do not block heating registers or air intakes
  • If you have ceiling fans, turn them on to keep airflow constant and increase heat efficiency.
  • Ask your utility if budget billing is available. These monthly plans let you pay a set amount, based on average use, rather than withstand the ups and downs of cold and hot months.