To maintain efficiency and peak performance, HVAC systems should be checked regularly by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor.
Around the house
Use ceiling or oscillating fans to circulate air in rooms. Turn fans off when you leave a room; fans cool people, not rooms.
On hot, sunny days, close drapes, curtains and blinds. Blocking direct heat from the sun reduces demand on your AC unit.
Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy-efficient light bulbs that use less electricity and emit less heat.
Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping, and minimize door traffic to keep cool air inside.
In the attic
Repair leaky duct work. If room air vents are located in your home’s ceiling, the duct system runs through the attic. Have a professional check to make sure cool air isn’t escaping into the attic through leaky ducts. Properly sealed and insulated ducts can save up to 20 percent on the cost to cool a home.
Prevent cool air inside your home from escaping by adding sufficient attic insulation and sealing any ceiling cracks.
“Just as vehicles need regular tune-ups, HVAC systems also should be serviced on a regular basis,” Cranford said. “Implementing just some of these recommendations is a great start toward lowering your monthly electric bill, keeping your home cool and comfortable, and ensuring your HVAC system functions efficiently.”
Duke Energy offers its qualified customers rebates to help offset the cost of making many HVAC efficiency improvements.
Duke Energy customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky can visit www.duke-energy.com/smartsaver to learn more about the company’s Smart $aver® program.
Duke Energy Progress customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as Duke Energy customers in Florida, can visit www.progress-energy.com/heip for details on the company’s Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP).
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Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
– Daily News