You lock your doors and windows to protect your Punta Gorda, Florida, home and keep out threats. But how do you protect your energy usage from becoming inefficient? Target the sources of these three threats to cut utility costs, improve comfort and increase energy efficiency:

Lack of HVAC Maintenance

Sometimes your HVAC system’s greatest enemy is itself. Small problems caused by wear can escalate over time. As as a result, they create further damage, cut efficiency and increase energy costs.

Professional HVAC maintenance can reduce these strains and stop molehills from becoming mountains, but too many homeowners neglect it. During a professional maintenance appointment, one of our service technicians will clean your unit, conduct any necessary repairs, check refrigerant levels and calibrate your thermostat if needed. Spring is the perfect time to schedule a professional maintenance appointment.

Bad Heating and Cooling Habits

Your own bad habits may also threaten your home’s energy efficiency. The harder you push your HVAC system, the more your energy efficiency drops. The strain already harming your system worsens. We know that as the weather starts to warm up in the spring, you’re tempted to keep your home as crisp as possible. But the further the temperature inside your home is from the temperature outside, the more you decrease your energy efficiency. During the spring and summer, try to keep your thermostat setting close to 75 degrees.

Vampire Energy

While your HVAC system is a significant contributor to your energy efficiency, it’s not the only factor. Your energy efficiency could also be threatened by "energy vampires." These "vampires" are electronics and small appliances that use energy even when they’re off. This subtle usage leads to energy waste and high utility bills. Cut off these "vampires" by unplugging electronics or by plugging everything into power strips that you can turn off when you finish.

Protect your energy efficiency to preserve your comfort and budget. To improve energy efficiency with professional HVAC maintenance, call Executive Cooling and Heating at 941-210-5733.

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