Increase your energy savings this year! The new year has finally arrived, and if you’re like many, you may have a goal to save more money in 2021. One way you can accomplish spending less money this year is to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Below, our HVAC experts cover five ways you can increase your energy savings this year.


Set Proper System Boundaries

You can improve your HVAC efficiency by up to 20% by simply blocking off areas that don’t need to be heated or cooled. Closing vents in your extra rooms will route your system’s hot or cold air to the spaces you use most–using less energy to keep you comfortable. Setting and maintaining proper system boundaries will waste less and increase your energy savings.


Seal Cracks Under Doors and Windows

If you find yourself in a home that’s older than a year or two, it’s likely that your heated or cooled air is escaping out of cracks around your doors and windows. Save on your energy costs by auditing your home. Stand outside and feel around your doors and windows. If you can feel warm or cold air escaping, add caulk around your windows, and insulate around your door.

If you aren’t really the DIY type, our professionals at Elite Comfort Home and Commercials services can help. We can take a look at your home and tell you where money may be escaping your wallet. Simply give us a call.


Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed

Another way to keep cooled or heated air inside your home and save on energy costs is to make sure you keep your curtains or blinds closed. Especially during the summer, the sun’s hot rays can infiltrate your home, heating you up and causing your air conditioner to work harder, meaning you’ll see an increase in your energy costs. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed when it’s warmest out will help your system work more efficiently, saving you money while keeping you comfortable.


Use a Programmable Thermostat

If you haven’t already, investing in a programmable thermostat is a great way to save on your energy costs. A smart programmable thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II XL1050 by Trane will save you money by maintaining a consistent temperature using zoning technology. These programmable thermostats can also learn your home comfort habits and adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. Plus you can access everything right from your smartphone, so it even makes managing your system simple and easy.


Upgrade Your Unit

Finally, the biggest way to save on your energy costs is to upgrade your HVAC unit. If yours is ten years old or older, you’re likely not getting the best performance out of it. If it’s time to invest in a newer, more energy-efficient heating and cooling system, we can help. Our professionals will work with you on your home comfort needs, helping you determine which replacement is best for you. Trane offers a variety of systems, including the highly efficient XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed Air Conditioner and the XC95m furnace.


Contact The Experienced HVAC Professionals at Elite Comfort Home and Commercial Services

For HVAC service and repair, or to learn more about our selection of units by Trane, contact us today at or call (832) 304-7934.