Have you noticed that your utility bills are getting more expensive in your Jackson, KY home? Although you can’t prevent energy prices from rising, you can take a few steps to save money on heating and cooling costs all year around. As a result of the following tips, you use less energy and can improve your comfort and quality of life.

Upgrade Your HVAC System

Poor maintenance can reduce the efficiency of a heating and cooling system. However, you can only maintain and repair a system so much before its components start to deteriorate. If your system is more than 15 years old, it’s time for an upgrade. Your energy costs could also be too high if your system isn’t the right size for your home.

Upgrading the equipment can lower your energy use by 20 percent or more. Local incentives and rebates could be available to help you save even more.

Seal Damage in Air Ducts

If your HVAC system uses ductwork, you’re likely losing energy, which makes your system work more to keep your home comfortable. On average, about 20 percent of the heating and cooling that passes through ducts is lost to cracks, holes, leaks and poor connections. Improper duct insulation and size can also contribute to more expensive energy bills.

Improve the efficiency of the ductwork by repairing connections and damage. Installing new ductwork or replacing insulation may also be necessary to curtail energy loss and lower your monthly utility expenses.

Install a Smart Thermostat

You might think that the only purpose of a programmable or smart thermostat is convenience. However, you can reduce your annual energy costs by about $180 when you install one. The technology can automatically adjust your temperature settings while you’re away from home and sleeping. Then, it can readjust them for when you return and wake in the morning. By connecting to Wi-Fi, a smart thermostat lets you control the settings from a smart device or computer too.

Are you ready to save money on your utility bills with an HVAC system upgrade? You can learn more about your energy-efficient options by looking at Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling’s equipment installation services, or give us a call today!