General Home HVAC Energy Saving Tips

These energy saving tips can lower your utility bills and extend the life of your Trane HVAC system. Some of these tasks can easily be completed on your own with minimal cost and effort. Others should be handled by your local Trane dealer.

These energy saving tips can lower your utility bills and extend the life of your Trane HVAC system. Some of these tasks can easily be completed on your own with minimal cost and effort. Others should be handled by your local Trane dealer.

Strategies for Saving Energy At Home

Replace or clean the main air filter every month

According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. If you have pets or live in an older home, check the filters more often.

Upgrade your thermostat

Trane offers a selection of smart thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule and preferences. ENERGY STAR experts say that efficient thermostat settings can help you save on energy costs. Keep the temperature around 78 degrees in the summer and 65 degrees in the winter.

Perform heating and air conditioning maintenance at least once per year

Tune-up procedures vary depending on the type of equipment in your home including its age, condition and other factors. Frequent maintenance check ups prolong the life of equipment and save energy by preventing gradual decreases in efficiency. A qualified contractor can develop an air conditioning maintenance plan that will keep your system in top condition.

Make sure that your vents are open and free from obstructions

Furniture and long curtains should be at least 6 inches away so that they don't block the airflow. Although most floor registers and ceiling-mounted vents can be closed, they should be kept open even in rooms that are used infrequently. Closed vents make your air conditioner run longer and use more energy because less air is being fed back into the system.

Improve your home's insulation

Many older homes either weren't insulated originally or if so they weren’t insulated well. Some structures used primitive materials that have settled or deteriorated over the years. If your home is drafty, adding insulation to the attic and crawlspace will have the biggest impact. After that, weatherize windows, doors and other drafty areas. Use caulk to seal cracks. Apply foam or felt weather stripping on door jambs and around window frames.

Use ceiling fans

In the summer, the blades should spin counterclockwise. This creates a wind chill effect that will make the room feel several degrees cooler. In the winter, the blades should spin clockwise. Use the lowest speed setting to push the warm air away from the ceiling without creating an uncomfortable breeze.

Save Energy Today

For more energy saving tips, contact your local Trane dealer. A qualified technician can inspect your A/C system and perform any repairs that are needed to boost its performance. Use our dealer locator feature to find a Trane Comfort Specialist™ in your area.

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