Okay, if you have decrepit HVAC equipment, this article might not be for you exactly. What I want to discuss is making your HVAC unit as efficient as it can be. But you have to start with at least some decent heating and cooling equipment that has a SEER rating that’s above 10 at least. Unless you’re still using 25 year old HVAC equipment, you’re probably going to get something out continuing to read this. In this region, it’s really all about the HVAC cooling isn’t it? I could count on both hands, with a few fingers to spare even, the number of times the heat pump comes on in the winter. So let’s get real about what the priority is when it comes to HVAC and that would be the air conditioning. And we are right in the middle of needing the most HVAC cooling we’ll need all year. Perhaps that utility bill that just came made you want to cry. But it’s never too late to save on HVAC cooling. It’s just about making the HVAC the most efficient it can be by giving it some help. The best thing to do is to start that process in the spring with an air conditioning tune-up. However, we’re past that. Still, in the space of the coming weekend, one can drastically reduce the cost of HVAC cooling. Tighten the house up by replacing weather stripping and sealing all gaps. Then, cover all windows that get direct sunlight heating. Finally, ease up on the thermostat setting. Try to keep the thermostat in the low 80’s during the day and the mid 70’s at night. You’ll see the results on the next utility bill, I promise.