Let’s face it: 2020 couldn’t end fast enough. The good news is that it’s now officially behind us, which makes now the time to start thinking about what’s to come.
Before we get too far ahead, it’s a good idea to make some New Year’s Resolutions that will put the comfort and wellbeing of our families first in 2021. Here are some suggestions for ways to keep your bills low and your family happy and healthy in the months to come.
Pay attention to details – Improving home energy efficiency and comfort is often as much about small changes as it is about big equipment purchases. Take care of the small stuff: change your air filters regularly, keep your vents and baseboards clear, close exterior doors, caulk cracks around windows, install door sweeps, etc. Your bills will drop and you’ll feel better in your North Carolina home.
Get to know your thermostat – Using a programmable thermostat is about the easiest way we know to save 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. If you don’t own one, strongly consider installing a programmable or smart model – with proper use, it will pay for itself the first year you own it.
Get a tune-up – Probably the most important thing you can do for your home comfort is to get annual tune-ups for your heating and cooling systems every year. Routine service by an experienced HVAC professional pays for itself by keeping efficiency high and repair risk low. Want even more value for your heating system upkeep? Sign up for a Roach Energy Service Plan (we have them for your cooling system, too).
Make sensible upgrades – Even if you take great care to maintain your equipment, there will come a time when replacing your heating system or A/C system is more sensible than repairing it. When that time comes, don’t hesitate – an upgrade will usually pay for itself in a few years in the form of lower energy bills, and will provide more reliable performance along the way.