Expert Penny-Pinching Solutions
to Combat High Energy Bills
What can I do now to prepare for the expected increases in my utility bills this year?
Utility companies can calculate a budget plan for the upcoming year, based on your previous heating bills. Regardless of how much energy you use per month, a fixed rate would be applied monthly, and the difference would be applied to your bill at the end of the year. Budgeting can help you avoid an unexpectedly costly heating bill, and will give you time to save money. Contact your utility company now to discuss a budget plan.
What are some “no-cost” investments that can save me money on my heating/air conditioning?
Replace or clean your system's filter approximately every 30 days. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to be less efficient and have to work even harder.
Remove objects from in front of your vents in each room to help make your system more efficient and prevent conditioned air from becoming trapped.
Make sure windows and doors are completely closed at all times.
When do I need to think about replacing my cooling/heating systems?
Cooling/heating systems that are over 10 years old are less efficient than today's models and should be replaced. Carrier now offers equipment with SEER ratings (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings) of up to 21.0 SEER. Call your Carrier dealer to have your system checked bi-annually to ensure it is running efficiently and safely.
I'm ready to buy a new system. What is the most efficient system available?
The Infinity™ System is the most energy efficient system you can buy. A complete Infinity System comprises Carrier's top-of-the-line Infinity variable-speed furnace, the Infinity Control, and an Infinity heat pump or an Infinity air conditioner. This system allows you to vary settings in up to eight zones throughout your home, thus saving energy.
What advantage does a programmable thermostat offer?
As opposed to a “Click Thermostat”, a programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature at various times of the day, to certify maximum comfort levels while at home and reduce energy consumption while away from the home.
Carrier's latest innovation, the Infinity™ System Remote Access Kit, allows you to change your comfort settings while you are away from your home, via the Internet or telephone. This can result in up to a 25% savings on your energy bills.
At what temperature should I set my thermostat to ensure money savings?
The answer depends on your individual preference. However, it is recommended that when you are away from your home during the cooling season, you turn your thermostat up to 82 o . Upon returning home, set it to a comfortable temperature. During the heating season, turn your thermostat to 68 o when you're not at home, and bring it up to a comfortable temperature when you return. A dehumidistat can really save energy when you are a part-time Florida resident. Contact us to inquire about the details.
For more information about energy efficiency, visit the Carrier Web site at: www.carrier.com.