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How to Save Energy and Money in the Winter

Cold weather doesn't have to mean high energy bills. With the right knowledge, technicians, and equipment, you can save energy and money this winter. In this blog, we will discuss ways to reduce waste and increase your time and savings.

INSTALL A HUMIDIFIER

Many homes in Kansas City have humidity levels under 20 percent. Humidity this low will not only make your home feel colder than it is, but it can also cause long term damage. If you have dry skin, see cracks in your hardwood floors, experience static electricity, or have high energy bills, a humidifier is a good idea. By installing a humidifier, your thermostat can be at a lower setting without compromising your comfort. You can read more about the benefits of humidifiers here.

SWITCH TO A SMART THERMOSTAT

Another way to increase energy savings while staying comfortable is to install a smart thermostat. Its technology learns your household patterns and becomes as efficient as possible. One way Nest thermostats save you money is with Airwave, a state-of-the-art technology created to reduce energy costs. Airwave turns off the AC compressor at the end of the cycle but keeps the fan running. Your AC may run 30 percent less without compromising temperature or comfort.

SCHEDULE a MAINTENANCE appointment

Daily use creates a build-up of debris that forces your heating and cooling system to work harder. The harder your furnace works, the more expensive your energy bills will be. Regular system maintenance removes the roadblocks so it can run at its full potential. During maintenance, an A.B. May technician will clean the moving parts and check to make sure everything is working well.

INSTALL WATER-EFFICIENT FAUCETS AND SHOWERHEADS

Another way to reduce waste is to purchase water-efficient faucets and showerheads. Once you install them, you should see a noticeable difference in your water bill. Water-efficient showerheads release 1.8 gallons a minute, reducing your water consumption by up to 9%!

CHANGE FURNACE FILTER

A quick and easy way to save energy and money this winter is to change your furnace filter. A furnace filter collects the dust and debris circulating through your air. If it is dirty, your system has to work harder to try and clear the germs. We recommend changing your filter every one to three months. For more information on changing your filters, click here.

 

For help with your AC and furnace, contact your Kansas city HVAC technician from A.B. May to schedule maintenance or Service.