Listed below are some tips and suggestions you can use to save money on your utility
bills, heating and air conditioning equipment, and service. For other answers to
your questions concerning new products, energy efficiency ratings, savings on your
utility bills, repair or replacement service, consult your Ruud Reliable Top Contractor.
the thermostat The most economical operation of your system comes from setting the
thermostat properly. Set the thermostat at the highest summer setting or the lowest
winter setting at which you are comfortable. Typical settings are 78 degrees for
summer cooling and 70 degrees for winter heating. When cooling, your operating costs
increase from 3% to 8% for each degree your thermostat is lowered. When heating,
your operating costs increase for each degree your thermostat is raised.
air filter clean The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically
is by keeping the air filter clean. There are several types of air filters and several
possible locations for the air filter. Ask your Ruud Reliable Top Contractor where
your air filter is located and which type of filter to use.
Keep doors and windows
closed Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load
in winter and the cooling load in summer. Your system will operate more economically
as a result.
Keep vents and grilles unobstructed Arrange your furniture and drapes
so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will
reduce the cooling and heating load on your system, providing more economical operation.
excessive use of exhaust fans Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will
make your system work harder. This will increase energy consumption and costs. Keep
costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans.
Use the AUTO setting Generally,
it is best to set your indoor fan to AUTO. This costs less and provides better humidity
control in the summer. However, if you desire to operate your system with constant
air circulation, ask for advice from your Ruud Reliable Top Contractor. Control direct
sunlight Let the sun in during winter. Keep the sun out during summer. In summer,
direct sunlight increases the load on your cooling system. Use of window shades and
awnings will reduce the amount of direct sunlight and lower the cooling load. In
winter, direct sunlight reduces the load on your heating system. Open window shades
and awnings to increase direct sunlight and lower the heating load.
Keep the condenser
coil clean The condenser coil (the unit outside your house) should be kept clean to
ensure efficient operation. If the condenser coil becomes restricted by dirt, lint,
paper, grass clippings, leaves, or other debris,system efficiency will deteriorate.
Use a garden hose to keep the condenser coil clean.
Insulate air ducts Be sure all
air ducts are well-insulated. Ducts should also be sealed with a vapor barrier.
an air tight house Ensure maximum retention of heated or cooled air by adding insulation
to outside walls and to the attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors and/or insulated
doors to prevent air leaks.
Properly vent clothes dryers Be sure your clothes dryer
is vented to the outside. Also ensure that your clothes dryer is vented away from
your outdoor unit.