Heating and Cooling Atlanta: Tips for Reducing your Utility Bills

Today, comfortably heating and cooling your home is a necessity, not a luxury. So, why pay luxury prices for temperature control? Below, we list ways to reduce your annual heating and cooling costs now and in the future, solutions that allow you to spend less and save more on utilities.

1. Change your air filter regularly

Regularly changing your air filter is key to preserving airflow. Over time, the dust and debris collected by filters can make them almost solid, resulting in decreased airflow and extra stress on your air handler, which drive up your electric bill and the cost of handler maintenance. Most filters need to be changed every 2-6 months.

2. Have your ducts checked for leaks

Over time, ductwork can develop leaks that let conditioned air escape into ceilings and walls, leaving your living areas warmer or cooler than they should be. Duct leaks are usually easy and inexpensive to fix, but not fixing them leads to lowering or raising your thermostat to levels below or above the desired temperature, creating high utility bills.

3. Implement a heat pump

If you need air conditioning replacement, consider implementing a heat pump, which serves as an air conditioner in the summer and a furnace in the winter. Research shows that (a) heating with a heat pump cost can 30%-40% less than heating with gas, oil, or electric furnaces, and (b) cooling with a heat pump is as efficient as cooling with central AC. Due to Atlanta’s warmer climate, heating and cooling Atlanta companies commonly install heat pumps.

4. Weather strip doors and windows

Replacing old windows and doors can be expensive. But you can weather strip them to prevent drafts and leaks while you save to replace them. Successful weather stripping involves buying the right supplies and correctly applying them. An online search for weather stripping should reveal correct application practices.

5. Implement a new building envelope

Your home’s envelope is the insulated space between its interior and exterior walls. How well this space is insulated impacts how well your home maintains its temperature. Implementing a new building envelope isn’t a small project, but it’s one that can drive down your utility costs for years to come, delivering a sizeable return on investment.

6. Implement window fans

Window fans are a great way to cool your home in mild weather, when the outside temperature is perfect but the inside temperature is balmy. Using less electricity than a compressor/air handler combo, window fans can be used to cool homes in temperate climates for up to 3 months a year.

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Bardi Heating and Cooling, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and Best Small Business by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, has been a trusted heating and cooling company providing superior AC, Heating and Plumbing care in Atlanta for nearly 25 years. Bardi will ‘always, always, always do the right thing.’

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