How to Save on Utility Costs: Household Improvements and Additions

A Season of Savings: Four Ways to Save on Your Energy Costs

No matter the time of year, the day-to-day costs of running appliances and systems in your home can add up fast. If you’re looking to save money on your energy bill this season, take a good look at your home’s heating and ventilation systems. The indoor air professionals at DUCTZ have come up with four ways you can cut your energy costs, so you can spend your energy (and money) on more important things this year.

Savings Tip #1: Cleaning Dryer Vents Can Help Cut Costs

Cleaning Dryer Vents Can Help Save Money On Energy Costs and Prevents Dryer Lint FiresYou may already know the importance of cleaning your dryer’s lint trap after every use, but did you know that lint and other debris can get stuck in your dryer vents? Because congested dryer vents make it harder for the air to flow through them, your dryer has to work harder to dry your clothes, making it expend extra energy and driving up costs on your energy bill.

Regular dryer vent cleanings help keep your dryer running efficiently. Aim to schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning at least once a year. Not only will this help lower your energy costs, but it will keep your home safer by helping prevent dryer fires, which also cause approximately $35 million in property loss every year.

Savings Tip #2: Cut Back on Excessive Exhaust Fan Usage

Although your bathroom exhaust fans decrease moisture in the air to help prevent mold growth, running them too often can increase your energy bills and cause them to wear out faster. You should use your bathroom exhaust fan during and after a shower, but remember to turn it off after 15-30 minutes. If this isn’t a sufficient amount of time for humidity levels to decrease, your exhaust fan may need to be cleaned or replaced.

Most of the time, bathroom exhaust systems are not maintained, which causes dust to build up, makes your exhaust fan work harder, and leads to elevated moisture levels that can promote microbial growth. Despite being frequently overlooked, regular bathroom exhaust fan cleaning is crucial for maintaining your ventilation system’s efficiency and functionality. Ensuring your bathroom exhaust system is clean and running properly also helps improve indoor air quality and saves you money in the long run by helping prevent costly moisture and mold damage.

Savings Tip #3: HVAC System Cleaning Boosts Efficiency

Keeping Your HVAC Coils Clean and Maintained Help Provide Significant Savings On Your Utility BillDid you know that heating your home makes up about 42% of your utility bill? When your HVAC system is dirty, it has to run longer and work harder to adequately heat your home, which increases costs even more. The accumulation of dust and debris on and in various components of your HVAC system is inevitable. But as buildup increases on your coils, fan blades, ducts, and more, airflow is restricted and doesn’t circulate through your home as efficiently.

Having your HVAC system cleaned helps cut costs by ensuring all parts are cleared of debris and able to function as efficiently as possible. Since heating your home uses the most energy out of all your systems, it’s a good idea to schedule a full HVAC system cleaning before colder weather sets in. Regular cleaning and maintenance throughout the year--like changing your filters and getting your air ducts cleaned--can also lengthen the life of your HVAC system, saving you money on repairs and replacement.

To stay healthier and save money on your energy bills this season, schedule an HVAC restoration appointment with a professional.

Savings Tip #4: Duct Sealing Limits Wasted Energy

On average, about 20-30% of air moving through HVAC systems is wasted due to poorly sealed or insulated ductwork. When it comes to leaky ductwork, think of it like a drafty door, fireplace, or window: the cold, winter air seeps through the cracks and the warm air leaks out, often into spaces that don’t need to be heated. This makes your heating system work overtime to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Leaky ductwork can add hundreds of dollars to your heating and cooling bills. To avoid this, make it a priority to get your air ducts sealed this winter. Even if you aren’t sure whether your ducts are contributing to high energy costs, a qualified professional will be able to inspect your ductwork and identify any areas that are leaking or insufficiently insulated, then correct the problem.

Whether you need to have your dryer vents cleaned, HVAC system cleaned, or air ducts sealed, the experts at DUCTZ can take care of it all. As the most trusted name in air duct and HVAC cleaning services—and equipped with the industry’s best methods—contact us today to increase your energy efficiencies and decrease your energy costs!