We can all benefit from saving a few bucks where we can. One of the easiest ways to do so is by improving energy efficiency throughout your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or putting in a smart thermostat, for example, offers more control over your heating and cooling system, contributing to a more energy-efficient home and lower monthly energy bills.  

Continue below to read about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home improvements. 

 1. Try a Smart Thermostat  

If you still use an older thermostat and control it manually, consider taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which includes several features to improve your home's energy efficiency. 

The functionality homeowners appreciate the most is having the capability to adjust their smart thermostats from anywhere they want through their smartphone or other smart device. For instance, in situations where you forget to change your thermostat before going on vacation, you can easily pull out your smartphone and make any needed adjustments.  

Like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat enables you to pre-set your home’s temperature determined by the time of day and day of the week so you’re not cooling or heating an empty house. Smart thermostats also offer the capability to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient adjustments. They even provide monthly energy reports that illustrate how much energy you've used and when so you can make adjustments to save money.  

If you’re wondering how to secure a free smart thermostat, check with your utility company to see if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats offered. 

2. Regularly Scheduled Tune-Ups for Your HVAC System 

Unfortunately, lots of homeowners often forget to have their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this might not seem important, a lack of maintenance can result in a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan. 

During an HVAC maintenance service, your technician will examine your HVAC system, clean important components, and identify minor problems before they lead to bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance can keep HVAC systems running in optimal condition, which means less energy is used to heat and cool your home. This could also reduce your energy bills, expand the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and lead to fewer repairs. 

We recommend two HVAC tune ups annually – one in the spring before summer and again during the fall before the arrival of winter weather. 

3. Upgrading Your Worn-Down, Inefficient HVAC Equipment 

Annoyingly, like all appliances, HVAC systems can't run forever and eventually need to be replaced. Newer heaters and cooling products are much more effective than models produced just over 10 years ago. Thankfully, helpful HVAC companies like Verona HVAC can perform professional services such as furnace installation in Santa Clarita.  

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can run for about 15-20 years. If your systems are within that timeframe, it might be a good idea to replace them ahead of time to minimize the risk of untimely breakdowns that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your system is about 15 years old and needs an expensive repair, it’s usually time to replace the system. Per the U.S. Department of Energy, getting a new HVAC system could save you approximately 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll get back some of the costs of putting in a new system. 

 A professional HVAC technician can help you find the most energy efficient HVAC system available. For the most part, seek out HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, indicating the equipment fulfills rigid guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are some of the most efficient systems around, boasting both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, in the meantime, is used to measure the efficiency of air conditioning systems.  

Call a reputable HVAC provider like Verona HVAC for air conditioning installation in Santa Clarita. 

 4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters 

When you’re looking for new HVAC filters, keep in mind that not all air filters are the same. Some air filters are far more successful than others, leading to lower energy bills and cleaner indoor air. 

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is scored by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges from 1-20; the higher the number, the more efficient the filters are. It’s relevant to note, though, that high-efficiency air filters can sometimes restrict airflow too much based on the type of HVAC system you have. It’s important to read the owner’s manual before getting a filter to find the best option for your system.