If you are concerned about reducing energy costs, the best place to start is with your heating and air conditioning equipment, as almost half of your home’s energy goes into heating and cooling.
To minimize energy use, clean or replace your air filter on a regular basis; for peace of mind consider taking out a preventative maintenance agreement to ensure that your furnace and air conditioner are operating properly.
Reducing Energy Usage
There are several practical steps you can take to cut energy usage:
- Fit a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home temperature at night and when you are out of the house.
- Check your ducts for air leaks, kinks, and blockages as these will waste energy and you will have poor heating and cooling in the affected areas. Energy Star, the EPA program to reduce energy use, states that on average 20 percent of the air in HVAC systems is lost through leaks and ducting problems.
Faults may not be easy to identify and it’s best to get a professional to inspect and repair your ducting system. You will then quickly recover the cost through reduced energy costs.
Buy and Install Certified Energy Star Equipment
Energy costs are higher than when your furnace was installed, so you need heating and cooling equipment that is as efficient as possible. An Energy Star certified furnace uses 15 percent less fuel than a conventional furnace and an Energy Star rated air conditioning unit can use 20 percent less electricity.
These savings quickly cover the higher cost of efficient HVAC equipment, especially if you use a professional to correctly size the equipment.
When you install new equipment, it’s important to make sure that it is properly done, and special attention should be given to ducting location, insulation, and sealing, as poorly installed HVAC systems use as much as 30 percent more energy. Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, serving the Grand Traverse County, Michigan, and surrounding area can properly size, install, repair, and maintain your HVAC equipment. Contact us toll free on (866) BOB-HEAT or request a service online.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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