Few home and business owners realize the importance of HVAC maintenance and how it contributes to the lifespan of your unit. Most wait until problems arise before they call in the heating and air experts. By scheduling routine visits for cleaning and inspection, you could end up saving yourself thousands of dollars in the long run!
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Did you know as much as half of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling? You can take these steps to help reduce your energy bill all year long:
1. Lock your windows.
The window lock presses the weather stripping tightly together to give you a better seal and keep conditioned air inside your home.
2. Shut your garage door.
Your garage provides a buffer between your house and the outdoors. With the door closed, it will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, avoiding adding any additional stress on your heating and cooling system.
3. Draperies and shades can cut your costs.
During the winter, open the draperies on your south-facing windows during the day and close them at night. This allows the warming sunlight to enter your home during the day and keeps the cold night air out. In summer close them in the daytime and open them at night for the opposite effect.
4. Close doors quickly.
The longer a door is open, the more unconditioned air it allows into the house, requiring your heating and cooling system to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature.
5. Rearrange your furniture.
Make sure that your furniture is not blocking airflow from registers or the return air grille. You can optimize the heating and cooling power of your system by allowing the air to flow freely through your house.
6. Get a seasonal system check-up.
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor from Milligan Heating, A/C & Electrical LLC perform a full system check-up. Preventative maintenance on your home heating and cooling system is one of the best ways to save money on your energy bill.