- Saving money on a Monterey Home
Seasons change….. and so do your heating and cooling needs.
You are probably always conscious of saving money on your Monterey home. As the seasons change, homes, as we people, have changing needs. Sometimes we are too hot, too cool or too wet. With the cost of energy often seeming to be only rising, the heating cost puts many in a financial pinch, especially here in Monterey. Homes here in Monterey don’t have the burden as they do in other areas, of needing air conditioning.
One of the more cost effective way to save some money on a Monterey is to use a set back thermostat. These are often not installed on older homes and often cost in the $50-100 dollar range. Setting the thermostat back a couple of degrees will make a difference on your heating bill. These can keep the temperature down during the day and evening and heat up before you arrive home from work or get started before you get up in the morning.The saving from having a setback thermostat will often be in the 5-10% range. Some of the new smart phone enabled thermostats allow a new level of personal control, so if you aren’t going to be home until late in the evening, you can tell your heater to come on when you want it.
Servicing your furnace is often one of those forgotten things to do. Most of the time filters are either in the return air register in a hallway ceiling, or at the furnace itself. So search around and see where your filter is located. If it is on the ceiling of wall of a hallway, get a step stool and unscrew the screws and take the filter out. Changing it twice a year is often recommended. Take the filter with you to the hardware store to be sure to get the right fit. I find the HEPA filters filter very small particles and while more expensive, are often better for one’s health. Those filters that are a couple of dollars, are often see through spun fiberglass. They are good for keeping the bigger items out of your blower, but not much good for keeping out dust and pollen. You will find the pleated filters will often cost somewhere in the $15-25 dollar range. These filters will have a small micron pore size designed to capture spores, pet dander’s as well as other very small particulates.
The HEPA(High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter was specifically designed to protect the human respiratory system and have a rating of 3 microns. It must be 99.7% effective in capturing particles to be rated as a HEPA filter. So if you have allergies, get a HEPA filter.
Replacing the furnace filter improves the air flow efficiency causing less stress on the blower motor as well as improving the speed that your Monterey home heats up.
Note on the old filter or the new one as some have directions of flow. Also write on the filter some where the date that you changed it. Usually a pen or sharpie style marker is good for this. While you have your filter assembly out, take a look and see of you need to vacuum the cavity or clean the intake air grill.
If in doubt, contact a local sheet metal contractor who installs and services your furnace. PG&E will come and inspect your furnace’s operating system and this is a good annual safety thing to do. They will inspect your heat exchanger to make sure there are no cracks that can leak carbon monoxide into your Monterey home.
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