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Making your HVAC system more efficient can help save you money by reducing the utility bills for your Columbia, Maryland, home. It can also make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and even make people and pets more comfortable. Here are some easy ways to increase your energy efficiency.

Weatherproof Doors and Windows

Use weatherstripping and caulk to fix leaks around windows and doors to get rid of drafts. Thick curtains will add insulation and keep out the hot sun in summer. You can open them during the day in winter to let in light and heat. Just make sure your drapes don’t cover your vents.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans move the air around your home, making it feel cooler in summer and warmer in winter. That way, you won’t need to use your heater or air conditioner as much. Fans should move counterclockwise in summer to push air on people. They should move clockwise in winter to draw cold air up toward the ceiling and displace the warm air that collects there. There are models available to match almost any style.

Most ceiling fans have a small switch to reverse the direction of the fan blades, but you’ll need a ladder or a stepladder to reach it. If you feel a cool breeze when you turn on your fan and stand directly under it, then it’s already set to turn counterclockwise for summer.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Homeowners often overlook their HVAC system, but maintaining heating and cooling equipment will increase its efficiency and prevent inconvenient, expensive breakdowns. Most manufacturers require regular maintenance as part of their warranty policies, so you should have your system inspected by a professional at least once per year. Our HVAC maintenance agreements include annual tuneups and discounts on repairs.

Griffith Energy Services has more than 100 years of experience, and we can take care of all your HVAC needs, including maintenance, installation, and repairs. Call us at 888-474-3391 for 24/7 emergency service.

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