7 Ways Spring Cleaning Can Reduce Your Energy Bill
No one looks forward to cleaning, but as the weather transition from winter to spring it is the perfect opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and de-clutter your home. It is also an excellent time to reduce your environmental impact and lower your energy bills.
Here are 7 easy things you can do during your spring cleaning routine to help reduce the cost of your energy bills:
1. Replace Your Filter
We recommend checking your HVAC filters once a month and replacing them if they are dirty. Changing your filters will help your HVAC work more efficiently, reduce allergens in your home, and save you money on your energy bill.
2. Reverse ceiling fan rotation
Switch your fan to rotate counterclockwise to draw air upward for cooling and circulation during the spring and summer. By doing so, you will reduce the electrical power used by the fans and save money on your utility bill.
3. Schedule Spring HVAC Maintenance
Regular preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is so important. Not only does it help keep your energy bills low, but it also catches small problems early before they turn into serious complications. If you haven’t scheduled your Spring maintenance yet, contact us today!
Dusting should already but a regular part of your weekly cleaning routine. What many people don’t know is that dust can cause current disruption in electrical contacts. The more dust you have in your home, the less efficient your electronics run. You may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to remove contaminants from indoor air and have a professional clean your air ducts.
5. Window Treatments
A great way to reduce energy costs is to install energy-efficient window treatments or shades that will help keep the heat of the sun out in the summer.
6. Clean Around Your Refrigerator
Don’t forget to dust or vacuum around the condenser coils at the bottom of your refrigerator. Dust, trash, pet hair, etc. collect around here and causes your refrigerator to operate less efficiently.
7. Check for Drafts Near Windows and Doors
Drafts can impact efficiency and lead to higher energy bills. An easy way to identify drafty areas around windows and doors is to light a stick of incense and hold it near any suspected points of air leakage. If the smoke begins to move back and forth or if it is sucked out of the room, you have an air leak. When you find a leak, see if weather stripping or caulk could solve the problem.
Now that you are armed with a little bit of extra knowledge, you are on your way to reducing your energy bill and environmental impact this spring!