September 30, 2012
1. Install a programmable thermostat to manage San Diego heating and cooling needs.
Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. You can even take it to the next level with an iComfort WiFi thermostat! SDG&E recommends setting your furnace thermostat to 68°F or lower.
2. Keep filters clean.
Inspect, clean or change the filter in your furnace or heat pump once a month. A dirty filter can increase your energy costs and damage your equipment.
3. Get annual furnace tune-ups and get them early.
We recommend getting furnace tune-ups before it starts getting cold. First, think of your heating system like a car. If you let your car sit in the driveway for 6 to 9 months without starting it and then head out on a long road trip without performing any maintenance, you're likely to have some issues. Now, imagine half of San Diego did that and there weren't enough mechanics to service all of those cars. Many drivers would be stuck for several days. We see this happen nearly every summer and winter in San Diego. With San Diego's typically mild temperatures, homeowners tend to forget about their cooling and heating systems until severe temperatures hit.
4. Invest in energy-efficient equipment.
Heating systems that carry the Energy Star label, meet federal standards for energy efficiency. Our San Diego heating technicians carry a "System Options for Savings Worksheet" so they can help customers figure out the most long-term, cost-efficient systems specific to their home.
5. Take advantage of energy-saving rebates.
Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you identify rebates you may qualify for, and even manage the application process for you. Some Energy Star heating systems qualify for a $200 rebate and a qualifying Lennox home comfort system can even get up to $1,375.00 in rebates. There are even more rebates available based on usage. Contact us to find out more about these opportunities.
6. Weather-strip and caulk your doors and windows.
7. Make sure you have the right insulation for your home.
Up to 40% of your home’s heat loss takes place due to inadequate insulation. You could save about $18 per month (or 25%) on your San Diego heating bill. Recommended Insulation Levels Chart