Energy is vital to make a home feel cozy and comfortable. In fact, a lot of the energy that we use as a nation goes to heating or cooling the home. However, there are some basic environmentally- (and budget-conscious) steps that you can take to minimize your environmental footprint.
6 Earth-Friendly Energy Tips
- 1 6 Earth-Friendly Energy Tips
- 1.1 1. Regularly Change Your Air Filter
- 1.2 2. Tune-Up Your HVAC Equipment on a Yearly Basis
- 1.3 3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
- 1.4 4. Seal Your Cooling and Heating Ducts
- 1.5 5. Ensure that Your Heating and Cooling Equipment Is ENERGY STAR Qualified
- 1.6 6. Ensure that Your New HVAC Equipment Is Installed Properly
- 2 Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning For Efficient Heating & Cooling Services
In this article, we discuss some earth-friendly energy tips that you can use. This way, you can save money while reducing your impact on the environment.
1. Regularly Change Your Air Filter
It’s important to check if your filter looks dirty on a monthly basis. Perhaps more regularly during the summer and the winter when your HVAC system is working all day. Dirty filters don’t work as efficiently as clean filters, causing more resources to be used to heat or cool your home. Specifically, clogged filters slow down airflow, which forces the system to work harder. This, in turn, can lead to energy waste. In keeping your filter clean, you’ll also avoid any unnecessary heavy-duty maintenance, which can be expensive. At a minimum, change your filter every 3 months in any case. This will help to ensure a clean and efficient filter.
2. Tune-Up Your HVAC Equipment on a Yearly Basis
You improve the gas mileage on your car by scheduling regular tune-ups. The same principle applies to your HVAC system. Extend the life of your HVAC system with regular tune-ups before the start of each season. Ideally, do this annually, ensuring that the heating and cooling systems work efficiently. Not only will this help to reduce your environmental footprint; it will also help to keep you more comfortable in your home.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you are often away from your home and are unable to adjust your heating and cooling on a regular basis, installing a programmable thermostat can make a big difference in conserving energy. The thermostat allows you to set temperature schedules to your personal calendar and requirements, which ensures that you aren’t using energy unnecessarily when you are asleep, out of the house, or when your home gets the most sunlight and warmth. In addition to less usage of natural resources, you are likely to reap significant savings on your energy bill.
4. Seal Your Cooling and Heating Ducts
This little trick can save you up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. HVAC ducts in the home often allow air to move from and to a central air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump. As energy is lost and not used to heat or cool the home, you are required to use more and more energy. Sealing the ducts in your home is a simple way to keep in the heat or cool and improve the efficiency of your home.
5. Ensure that Your Heating and Cooling Equipment Is ENERGY STAR Qualified
The ENERGY STAR qualification is a stamp of approval for efficient heating and cooling systems. If your equipment is old, or if you notice that it is not running smoothly, it may be worth making a change and investing in ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC equipment. It may be a good idea to hire a qualified expert to evaluate your current equipment.
6. Ensure that Your New HVAC Equipment Is Installed Properly
When heating and cooling equipment is not installed correctly, it is possible to reduce the efficiency of the equipment by at least 30 percent. This really is the first place to start when improving the energy efficiency of your home. If your equipment is very old or you feel as though it may not be working correctly, it may be time to invest in new, modernized equipment that employs all the newest efficiency standards and technology.
Here at PFO Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians all properly licensed and have extensive experience in the field. Therefore, you can rest assured that your equipment will be properly installed and/or serviced.
Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning For Efficient Heating & Cooling Services
Interested in learning more about how to reduce your environmental footprint while saving on home heating and cooling costs? For all your HVAC system needs, call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our technicians are all certified, and they have a great deal of experience. They’ll also determine what your home comfort needs are and find the best and most affordable solutions to meet them.
As a full-service HVAC company, PFO Heating & Air Conditioning offers an array of HVAC services. This includes heating and cooling installations, tuneups, repairs, and much more. We offer free, in-home consultations. Call now to schedule an appointment.