Go green in the New Year!

Go green in the New Year!

Did you know that your air and heating system account for about 17% of your total energy usage? (Source: EIA) So if you're looking to make your home more energy efficient in the New Year, you should start with your HVAC system. So you're saying I have to buy a new unit right? Not necessarily. First, we suggest you address these issues:

1. Heating and cooling an empty house

Even though programmable thermostats have been around for a while, we find that many customers still don't have one, or they don't efficiently use the one they have. If you need one, we can easily install one for you. Once you're ready, just five minutes of time could substantially reduce your energy usage. Think through your schedule and program accordingly. Is everyone gone during school hours? Every Sunday during church? Every Saturday for sports tournaments? These are great times to bring the air down or the heat up, depending on the season. And always adjust your thermostat when you're going out of town. 


2. Heating empty rooms or zones

Are there rooms or entire zones of your house that you rarely use? Maybe your nest has gotten a bit emptier and there are a few bedrooms that go mostly unused. Or what about that bonus room that only gets used when the grandkids come over? Many air conditioners today allow you to adjust the temperature by zone, which can have a big impact over time. Does your unit have this functionality? If not, let's talk about upgrading.


3. Relying too much on your HVAC system

We're so used to having our homes set to just the right temperature, but that uses quite a bit of energy. What if you used other tools to heat and cool your home when the weather is mild? Ceiling fans, box fans, and windows fitted with screens can bring a nice breeze into your home and give the AC unit a break. Well-maintained fireplaces can naturally heat your home on cool days without using the heater. Even if you use these low-tech tools just a few weeks out of the year, you'll reduce your energy usage more than you realize.

These ideas will help you take big strides toward a greener home, but nothing will ramp up your energy efficiency like installing an eco-friendly HVAC system. This is especially true if you have an older unit. Just in the last few years, tremendous strides have been made in the area of HVAC tech that have made units more efficient and environmentally-friendly.

Would you like to talk to someone about installing a programmable thermostat or upgrading your entire system? We would love to give you a free estimate. Just head here and we'll get started.

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