African Young Relaxed Woman Sitting On Couch Breathing Fresh Air

New Years Resolutions to Add to Your List

January 13, 2020

One of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for 2020 is to lower your energy bills. A few upgrades and maintenance tasks can help your appliances and heating system function as smoothly as possible. From replacing your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to cleaning air filters, the following ideas can help you improve your comfort and lower your electricity costs.



As much as half of your energy costs come from your home’s HVAC system. By investing in an energy-efficient system, you can reduce your energy bills. Also, a new HVAC system can improve your comfort levels. An inefficient HVAC system can cause hot and cold spots in the same room. With a new system, you can ensure that your entire home is heated and cooled evenly for a more comfortable, enjoyable experience.
When you use your HVAC system, air goes through the machine with dirt, contaminants, and dust from your home. The air filter catches these particles and prevents them from going back into your rooms. Over time, the air filter becomes dirtier. Your HVAC system has to work harder to do its job because it needs extra energy to force air through a clogged filter. If you want to lower your energy bills and increase the lifespan of your HVAC system, change your air filter.

The same concept is true for all maintenance tasks. From HVAC machines to your dishwasher, you need to make sure your appliances and systems are adequately maintained. If you are uncertain about how to maintain your home’s equipment, a professional technician can help.

If you currently have an old showerhead, you could reduce your overall water usage by as much as 2,700 gallons per year. Other than reducing your water bill, this home improvement will lower your electricity bill as well because all of the water that goes through your showerhead is heated by electricity.

You can also replace things like your dishwasher, clothes washer, and water heater with new, energy-efficient models. A new dishwasher can use as little as 5.8 gallons per cycle, and an older model uses more than 10 gallons. When you go to the store, look for appliances with the WaterSense label so that you know the item you are buying is more efficient.

Any gaps or cracks along your windows and doors can end up letting hot air out. Also, the window may be a problem as well. If you have an old home, you may have single-pane windows. By upgrading to insulated, energy-efficient windows, you can reduce your heating bill. Sealing your windows can also get rid of 20 percent of your home’s energy loss each month.
A programmable control or smart thermostat can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency. This type of system lets you automate the temperature in your home, so you do not heat it excessively at night when everyone is asleep. Some of the latest systems will even remember individual preferences so that every family member can enjoy a custom temperature in their own room.

Bottom line: If you are looking for ways to improve your home this year, Hagerstown Heating and Cooling can help. Our HVAC technicians and plumbers have years of experience in assisting homeowners in updating their HVAC systems. Whether you need routine maintenance or a professional energy audit, we can help. Call our team today at (240) 366-0329 to get started on your home improvements for the new year.

You May Also Like

Keep Cool: 4 Signs It’s Time to Schedule an AC Repair

Keep Cool: 4 Signs It’s Time to Schedule an AC Repair

Summers in Hagerstown, MD, are warm and humid, and you'll turn to your air conditioning system for relief. Maintaining your air conditioner with annual tuneups prevents a lot of problems, but there will be a time when you'll need an AC repair. If you notice any of...

Test and Sanitize Your Air Supply for a Healthier Home

Test and Sanitize Your Air Supply for a Healthier Home

Are you worried the air inside your home contains allergens, bacteria and viruses? You're not alone. The world is facing a health crisis, and homeowners in Hagerstown, Maryland, are searching for ways to minimize their risk of illness. One way is to sanitize your...

Follow These Simple Tips to Cut Energy Costs in Spring

Follow These Simple Tips to Cut Energy Costs in Spring

The average electricity rate for homeowners in Hagerstown, Maryland, is 8.57 cents per kilowatt-hour. Although that's 33.26 percent less than the average rate in the state and 27.86 percent less than the national average, saving energy is a top priority for homeowners...

Why Choose Us

We don’t charge an additional fee for after-hours emergency service.

We offer 100 percent money back and ultimate buy back guarantees.

We are prompt, courteous, honest and answer all your questions.

We wear shoe covers, use protective mats and clean the work area.

Our super techs go through 90 hours of intense training every year.

We walk you through the entire process and provide upfront estimates.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

COVID-19 is affecting all of us.

Hagerstown Heating & Cooling will remain open for business and ready to take care of your heating and cooling needs.

In the wake of the current health crisis in our communities, Hagerstown Heating & Cooling stands ready to ensure your comfort. Maintaining your home's heating and cooling needs is, as always, our top priority.

If you have experienced any illness in your home, please let our dispatcher know and please do not take offense if we choose to not shake hands during this time. We want to ensure that when we send our technician to you, they can take necessary health precautions to protect themselves and those they will interact with throughout the day.

We want to wish all our patrons a healthy and safe time in the next few weeks as our country navigates this situation. Our thoughts are with you all.

Hagerstown Heating & Cooling

Pin It on Pinterest