HVAC and the Environment: Tips for Greener Heating and Cooling
Doing the planet a favor will always be in style, but it perhaps isn’t since the 70s that going green has been so popular. From reusable plastic bags to metal straws, consumers everywhere are striving to make a difference by changing their environmental impact, and it’s not too well-kept a secret that heating and cooling is a wonderful avenue to do so.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, heating and cooling makes up over half of the total energy usage that American households are responsible for annually. Talk about a big spending area!
If you’re looking to up the environmental friendliness of your heating and cooling systems—and save on your energy bills in the process—Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., has some tips below.
Regular HVAC Maintenance Is a Must
An ailing air conditioning unit or furnace is one that doesn’t operate to its full potential—and it’s thus one that can’t use energy as efficiently as it was made to. That’s why, if you’re serious about this going green thing, you’ll need to have an HVAC contractor perform regular tuneups on both your heating and cooling units.
You won’t just help the environment and save money, though; you’ll also enjoy uninterrupted service and unparalleled peace of mind. It’s a no-brainer of an investment!
Consider A/C or Furnace Replacement
Is your unit getting up there in years? It might be time to replace it for a more energy-efficient model. While the market is constantly improving the way we heat and cool our homes, ENERGYSTAR recommends that A/C units and heat pumps be outright replaced after a decade, and furnaces every fifteen years.
When you’re talking with your HVAC services provider, be sure to specifically ask about energy efficient models. While it’s generally true that modern heating and cooling systems outperform those that were made before them, not every system is created equal.
Pick the Right Kind of Thermostat
From smart thermostats to more traditional models, thermostats come in many shapes and sizes, each of which lending itself to a particular lifestyle. For example, some operate on a weekday-versus-weekend basis, while others allow programming for individual days. Green home air quality management involves picking a thermostat that caters to your family’s day-to-day rhythm and thus only uses energy when you need it to.
Contact Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to Modernize Your Heating and Cooling
Looking to align your home’s air conditioning and furnace with your eco-conscious values? We can help. Give our Anoka office a call today at 763-753-6623.