3 Heating And Cooling Tips To Help You Save Energy And Money This Holiday Season

Now that the holiday season is finally upon us all, it is important that we consider how to save money. After all, this is one of the most expensive times of year. While it is often money well spent to make this time of year extremely special for your family and friends, you also want to ensure that you don't end up broke doing so. So, to help keep your wallet a little thicker this year, here are two simple tips that will help save you money by saving energy with your heating and cooling system throughout the holiday season:

1. Take a Few Degrees Off the Old Thermostat.

When you're in the kitchen cooking, such as baking that juicy turkey or boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes, there is going to be a lot of heat in the air. That heat can keep a large portion of the home warm and toasty. So, take off a few degrees on the thermostat. Plus, don't forget that people tend to generate heat. The more people that gather in the home, the more heat there will be. Also, make sure that you have modern kitchen appliances, as these use 50 percent less energy compared to older appliances – even those that were designed and manufactured just 10 years ago.

2. Replace Your Air Filters.

According to Energy Star, furnace filters need to be inspected once a month and changed when they get too dirty. At the bare minimum, they need to be changed quarterly (every three months). Otherwise, it will cause an overload to your HVAC system, which will result in a waste of energy and more money out of your pocket. It may also lead to dirt and dust build-up, unnecessary maintenance and premature failure of the unit. So, before everyone arrives, go ahead and just switch out the furnace filters. This way you know you're good to go and you don't have to worry about whether you did or you didn't remember to clean them.

3. Get a Furnace Inspection.

Before the cold weather sets in, and before the family arrives, make sure that you call an HVAC company and schedule for a technician to come out and perform a thorough inspection on your heating and cooling system to ensure that it is in proper working order. The last thing that you need is your HVAC unit breaking down on your during the middle of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with all of your guests in your home!

For more information, contact local professionals like Universal Enterprises Inc.