What does going green mean to you?
Are you trying to save energy? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint?
Whatever your definition is of living green, one of the most eco-friendly changes you can make in your home is with your HVAC system. Heating and cooling make up about half of your everyday household expenses. Saving even just a small portion can make a huge difference both in your monthly costs and on the way you impact the earth.
Schedule Maintenance Visits
One of the best things you can do is to schedule a routine maintenance visit with an HVAC technician twice per year. This ensures your system is operating at maximum efficiency as well as keeping your overall energy costs at its lowest. A technician will come in the spring and fall to inspect, clean, lubricate, and repair your system to ensure it’s in top energy efficient shape. This will ensure your system is operating in an eco-friendly way all season long.
Replace Your Equipment
Not all furnaces and air conditioners are created equal. If your equipment is more than a few years old, you can increase efficiency simply by upgrading to more eco-friendly technology. If your air conditioner still uses R-22, upgrading is necessary to remove the ozone damaging chemicals released into the atmosphere. R-22 is being phased out, so replacing your outdated equipment is necessary both for efficiency and for repairs.
Increase Your Insulation
Your home’s insulation can also impact how much energy your home uses every year. You may have leaks where insulation is thin or even non-existent. A home energy audit can pinpoint your weak points and make suggestions as to where you can have the most impact by making a change.
Another area that can impact your energy usage is your ductwork. If it wasn’t installed correctly, isn’t well insulated, or has simply broken down over time, leaks can occur and allow conditioned air to seep out. Proper sealing will improve your air flow.
Want to go green? Want a more eco-friendly home? Start with an energy audit. We can show you the best ways to save money in your home.