Over the decades of working within the HVAC field, Tilford Air & Heat’s owner, Chris Tilford, has devised tips to help others with their cooling and heating.

When cooling your home…

  • In the summer set your thermostat at a higher temperature and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature, the lower your overall cooling bill will be
  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling, and therefore, unnecessary expenses
  • Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use
  • Avoid placing appliances that give off heat (such as lamps or TVs) near a thermostat
  • Ensure that any vents located near the thermostat are directed away from thermostat
  • During summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to help block the sun’s heat

In the winter heating your home…

  • During the winter, keep the window coverings open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows
  • Set your programmable thermostat at as low as comfortably possible in the winter
  • Clean or replace filters once month or as recommended, checking your filter every 30 days to ensure cleanliness
  • Open up those curtains and take advantage of the sun’s warmth during this time of year, especially for windows that are south-facing
  • Find and seal air leaks throughout home