The comfortable year-round climate in Sacramento, California, helps households in the state spend 30 percent less than the national average on electricity. High electricity rates also encourage homeowners to cut energy waste where they can. In addition to scheduling an energy savings audit before turning on your heater, follow these steps to save even more energy and money this winter:

Change the Air Filter

A clean air filter ensures your HVAC system doesn’t strain itself to create a comfortable and healthy atmosphere in your home. Regularly changing your HVAC system’s air filter not only leads to higher energy bills. It also results in more frequent breakdowns and poor indoor air quality. Change your air filter every 90 days to avoid these issues. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, change your air filter every 30 days.

Adjust the Ceiling Fans

In the summer, your home’s ceiling fans should rotate in a counterclockwise direction to help make your rooms feel cooler. In the winter, though, they need to rotate in a clockwise direction to do the opposite: make your rooms feel warmer. When you use your ceiling fans correctly, you’ll give your HVAC system a bit of a break and help lower energy bills. To save even more energy, remember to turn ceiling fans in unoccupied rooms off. Ceiling fans aren’t of much use in empty rooms.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Manually adjusting your thermostat to save energy and money is a hassle, and it’s unnecessary in today’s time of hi-tech HVAC devices. Smart thermostats include many features that help you save energy, including automatically adjusting the temperature in your home depending on whether you’re in it or away. Smart thermostats also provide detailed energy usage reports. As a result, they help you optimize the way you heat and cool your home.

Do you want to maximize your home’s energy efficiency? One way is to schedule an energy savings audit before the heating season starts. Contact Jaguar Heating & Air at 916-256-4447 to schedule your visit today and start saving money tomorrow. We’re here to help you maximize every BTU of energy your household uses.

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