6 Ways to Save Money on Energy Expenses This Summer -

6 Ways to Save Money on Energy Expenses This Summer

HVAC maintenance in Jacksonville, Florida

Save money this summer by focusing on energy efficiency for your home. No one wants to lose money, especially during the summer months when your extra cash could go to a fun vacation instead. Energy waste leads to increased energy costs and is bad for our environment.

The typical home wastes 30% more energy than a home focused on energy efficiency. Don’t have a typical home, check out of our energy saving ideas from better ventilation to HVAC maintenance for your Jacksonville, Florida home. In fact, these ideas are solid regardless of where you live.

 

Energy Saving Home Maintenance Guide

1 – Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat allows you to program your thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home based on your family’s schedule. With most smart thermostats, you can even control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.

Investing in a smart thermostat can save you up to 15% on energy costs. The energy savings are tied to how you manage your temperature settings. For example, when you’re away from your home, set the temperature so that your system isn’t running unnecessarily. Then, schedule your system to turn on before you arrive so that the temperature in your home is where you want it when you’re present.

Overall, a smart thermostat gives you more control, uses less energy and saves you money. In fact, a smart thermostat can pay for itself in less than two years.

 

2 – HVAC Maintenance

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, not maintaining your HVAC unit can lead to a decline in performance and an increase in energy usage. To save money on energy costs this summer, schedule HVAC maintenance with Jacksonville, Florida’s heating and air experts at J&W Heating and Air.

HVAC maintenance includes inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system to identify any needed repairs before your system breaks down. One important key in HVAC efficiency is replacing the air filter at least every three months. Regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance can extend the life of your AC unit, save money on energy costs and avoid costly emergency repairs.

 

3 – Ventilate your Home

Ensure proper airflow in your home to lower energy costs and improve indoor air quality. Ventilation is key to your home’s air flow, and you can improve ventilation with air duct cleaning. The average six-room home accumulates around 40 pounds of dust, dirt and allergens each year. By cleaning your air ducts, you manage this problem while helping your HVAC system to work better.

Clean air ducts can lead to energy savings because your HVAC system works more efficiently. Also, you may experience health cost savings from improved air quality. Schedule air duct cleaning today to help your family breathe easier.

 

4 – Produce Less Heat

Lower your energy usage this summer by reducing the amount of heat produced in your home. When your home has less heat production, your air conditioner can run less frequently leading to lower energy costs. Take an audit of your home to determine which areas produce heat, then implement strategies to reduce heat production.

Create less heat by keeping the stove off in your home. Instead, cook outside on the grill or prepare meals that don’t require the oven. Also, do laundry and run the dishwasher at cooler times of the day like evening or early morning. Summer is a great time to air dry your clothes saving energy costs from the dryer and keeping your home cooler. Another heat reducing and energy saving tip is to switch to LED light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs produce more heat and use more energy than LED bulbs.

With a few simple strategies, you can save on energy expenses this summer by producing less heat from the start.

 

5 – Seal Your Home

Air leakage increases energy costs because your air conditioning unit must work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. Repairing air leakage is a quick, affordable and easy way to lower energy costs. Two ways to fix air leaks are weatherstripping and caulking.

Check for air leaks around your windows simply by holding up a lightweight piece of paper next to the window. If air moves the paper, you know you have a leak. Reduce energy costs and keep your home more comfortable by taking care of air leaks. This will also help keep your home warmer in the winter.

 

6 – Use Fans

Another easy way to lower energy costs this summer is by using fans. Fans are designed to move air in your home. When used correctly, they can greatly reduce heat buildup. When you cook or take a shower, turn on the fan in the bathroom or kitchen to help the heat escape. Also, use ceiling fans to circulate the air from your AC unit. Energy Star ceiling fans are available to maximize your energy savings.

 

Don’t Throw Money Out the Window

Stay on top of home savings by implementing our energy saving strategies. Not only will these strategies create energy efficiency in your home, many also offer additional savings. For example, HVAC maintenance saves you money over time by extending the life of your unit.

Be smart with energy savings. Contact the experts at J&W Heating and Air to schedule duct cleaning or HVAC maintenance in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas. We want to help make your home more energy efficient this summer.

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Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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