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HVAC Tips To Help You Save Money On Your Electric Bill


1. Decrease System Demand When Possible


When your family is asleep or away from the house, you don’t need the HVAC system to

run at maximum capacity. Even though you enjoy coming home to a pre-heated or pre-

cooled home, you’ll save a lot of money by giving your heating and cooling system a

break while you aren’t there. In fact, raising your indoor temperature just 7 to 10 degrees

(during warmer months) when you leave the house for a few hours can save you up to

10% on your cooling bill.


2. Upgrade Your Thermostat


If you don’t want to manually turn off the thermostat every time you go out for the day or

go to bed, you might consider investing in a programmable thermostat. A Nest

thermostat is a good example that is very widely recognizable however our technicians

recommend a much more affordable option, the Honeywell T6. These thermostats save

running the system while you aren’t there, but you also don’t return home or wake up to

a stuffy or chilly house. The thermostat will have begun to warm or cool the environment

shortly before you arrived, or just before your wake-up time. Remember to always set

your thermostats to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to avoid freezing in your

plumbing system.


3. Determine What is Comfortable For You


If you are concerned about your growing energy bills, we recommend you experiment.

Determine how much you can wean your family off of the HVAC system by turning the

temperature up or down by just a couple of degrees each day over the course of a few

days until it reaches the energy-saving temperatures recommended by the US

Department of Energy. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-

Conditioning Engineers has stated that people are most comfortable between 73 and 79

degrees in light clothing. Your family may not even notice a 4-degree temperature

change if it occurs within this range. Once you reach a temperature that your family

reacts negatively to, however, you’ll know you’ve found your limits. Stay just above or

below that temperature from there on out to save on power.


4. Use Other Methods Comfort Control Methods


When you’ve decided to cut back on HVAC costs, it’s time to find new ways to stay

comfortable in the heat or the cold that won’t make you suffer and won’t cost you

anything at all. Here are some top tips:


Summer:

● Use ceiling fans

● Use a dehumidifier to cool the house

● Wear lightweight clothing

● Keep blinds closed during the day

● Make sure all weather-stripping seals properly

● Eat a chilled treat

● Stay hydrated


Winter:

● Dress in layers, wear socks, and use blankets

● Cover hard floor surfaces with rugs

● Seal all cracks in windows and doors

● Keep curtains and doors closed

● Cook with the stove and the oven

● Spend time upstairs — the destination for rising heat

● Drink warm beverages


At Oceanview Heating and Air Conditioning Repair we are here for you! We understand that

HVAC systems are vital here in the Lowcountry and we are dedicated to affordably serving our communities HVAC needs with skill, and integrity. If you need an HVAC repair, maintenance service or a full system replacement please contact us at 843-609-5704 or schedule an appointment online today!

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