Because HVAC represents roughly 50 percent of your total energy bill, it pays to keep heating and cooling costs as low as possible. Here are five ways to increase energy efficiency in your Fort Worth, Texas, home:

1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

There’s no reason to have your HVAC going full blast 24/7. It’s much more efficient to turn the heat down or the AC up when no one is home. Many people forget to reset the thermostat before leaving the house, but the programmable thermostat was expressly designed to take care of that for you.

2. Invest in a Learning Thermostat

If you’re not a programmer by nature, you might prefer a learning thermostat. This smart control is constantly determining and implementing the most comfortable and energy-efficient indoor comfort conditions based on your family’s preferences.

3. Consider a Heating and AC Maintenance Plan

Experts agree that annual heating and air conditioner maintenance is the key to energy-efficient performance. Preventive maintenance can reduce energy costs by up to 40 percent. Heating and AC service plans usually offer two maintenance visits per year, plus benefits that save you money on other HVAC services.

4. Keep Filters Scrupulously Clean

HVAC filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days. Check filters often to guard against clogs that can destroy your equipment. The more people and pets in your home, the more often filters should be changed.

5. Install Window Film

Solar energy that penetrates windows can increase cooling costs by 33 percent. Window film blocks 80 percent of solar heat and can effectively reduce cooling costs in warm cities like Fort Worth, Texas.

You can increase residential or commercial HVAC efficiency with an equipment upgrade. Poor maintenance, old age and outdated technology all increase HVAC energy costs. To learn more about your HVAC system’s energy efficiency, visit North Tarrant Heat & Air or give us a call.