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HVAC FAQ: How Can I Boost Efficiency?

money-houseEvery homeowner out there wants and, we believe, deserves to live comfortably. More than that, though, they deserve to live comfortably in an affordable. Unfortunately, this endeavor is sometimes more difficult than many homeowners first realize. There are a lot of factors that can influence the efficiency with which you heat and cool your home, and not always in the ways that you’d like. The good news? Our Plainfield, IL HVAC service technicians are here to help you heat and cool your home in a more affordable manner.

Now, you may be thinking that you’d like to boost energy efficiency, but you simply cannot afford to replace your HVAC system. There’s more good news, if this is your way of thinking. There are actually plenty of ways in which to improve upon heating and cooling efficiency that do not necessitate the installation of a new, more efficient system. That is obviously going to be an effective manner of doing so, but let’s first look at some alternatives.

Add Insulation

Adding insulation to your home will cost you some money. You’ll need to hire trained professionals to assess the efficiency of your insulation, to pinpoint weak spots, and to add the right amount of insulation as needed. Don’t let this relatively minor expense turn you off of the project, though. Insulation has one job and one job only: to prevent unwanted heat transfer. When you have the right amount of insulation in all of the right places in your home, you’ll be able to prevent the excessive transfer of heat into or out of your home. That will take a lot of strain off of your HVAC systems.

Take Advantage of Blinds and Shades

Looking for the simplest way in which to boost energy efficiency? Simply blocking sunlight out and/or allowing it in at opportunistic times can really help the cause. Heat gain due to sunlight exposure can be a blessing or a curse, depending upon the time of year. During the summer, you’ll want to draw shades before the sunniest, hottest time of the day arrives to block out this heat gain. In the winter, open them up all day in order to let the sun shine in and heat your home up naturally! It will be a great supplement to your heater, and it’s free!

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Perhaps the most minor but most effective upgrade that you can make to your HVAC system in terms of efficiency is simply upgrading the thermostat. You need a model that is compatible with your system at large, and we’ll help you to choose the right one for your needs. Programmable thermostats are a great introductory option for boosting efficiency, while smart thermostats can really help to take your efficiency levels to the next, well, level.

Schedule Maintenance

If you’ve read this blog before, you probably saw this coming. We like to remind homeowners that there is simply no better way in which to boost energy efficiency in the home than by scheduling routine maintenance. Check out our maintenance savings plan, designed to keep your system working at peak efficiency levels while making it easy for you and maximizing your savings!

Schedule your HVAC services with DuAll Heating & Cooling.

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