Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 2, 2008
The recent dip in temperatures means reaching for winter blankets and the thermostat controls. Before turning on a home's heating system, Chas Roberts Air Conditioning and Heating recommends these top 5 tips to keep energy costs down:
1. Clean filters - The most important task in maintaining a home heating system is to clean and replace the filters frequently. For optimum efficiency and filtration, replace disposable filters at least once a month.
2. Check it - Before the heat is turned on, have the system checked by a trained technician. Regular maintenance is the most effective way to ensure that a home heating unit is running efficiently, safely, and offers the best opportunity for extending its life to ultimately save money.
3. Turn down the heat - Take a cue from the Arizona state government, which is using the thermostat to cut costs during a budget shortfall. Thermostats in state buildings are being set 2 degrees cooler in the winter and 2 degrees warmer in the summer to save costs. How big a savings is this? Every degree that the thermostat is lowered in the winter (or raised in the summer), can result in a 3-percent savings in energy costs. (Source: ConsumerReports.org)
4. Use the heating system only when needed - Lowering the thermostat when no one is home and at night can help reduce heating bills. Avoid lowering it more than 5 degrees so the heating system doesn't have to work so hard to return to the desired setting. A programmable thermostat can make it easy.
5. Get the air moving - Using a ceiling fan in the winter can help reduce costs by 10 percent. Because heat rises, the temperature near the ceiling is warmer. Using a ceiling fan in a clockwise direction so it gently pushes the air against the ceiling and down the walls helps circulate the warm air, without causing a wind chill effect. (Source: SRPnet.com)
About Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Heating:
Serving Arizona homeowners since 1942, the family-owned company is focused on providing quality heating and cooling system installation and service at competitive prices for Arizona residents.