Here are three steps you can take today to go green with your HVAC system.
Go Green With An Upgrade
Heating and cooling systems tend to last a long time, with some surviving nearly two decades before needing replacement. That is welcome news considering their upfront costs, but bad news for energy consumption and overall efficiency. Nearly every few years there are advances in the energy efficiency of HVAC units as well as technology that helps the systems reduce waste. If your air conditioning unit is more than six years old, chances are that an upgrade to an energy-efficient model will have a generous impact on your energy bills. To begin your greener search, look for the EPA's Energy Star label on any system you plan to purchase. Additionally, check and compare the SEER efficiency ratings of any models to truly maximize your environment sparing potential.
Minimizing Energy Loss
Even the most efficient air conditioners can have a negligible impact if your cool air is being lost inside or outside of your home. Making sure your insulation is adequate can help you run your unit less, resulting in lower energy bills and less environmental impact. Be mindful of open windows or the lack of weatherstripping around doors that could be countering your cooling attempts Another source of lost energy is leaky ductwork. If your nice, cool air is leaking out into a room or area that doesn't require any cooling, you're wasting both money and energy unnecessarily. Focusing on addressing your energy loss is a great alternative for those who feel it is too soon or too expensive to consider replacing their current HVAC system.
Big Or Small, We Have It All
There are opportunities to make green changes to your air conditioning system regardless of your budget. Small, simple changes such as using a programmable thermostat, regular maintenance, and keeping your filters clean, all have a beneficial impact on our world. For those in favor of making a big difference, geothermal, ice, and even solar-powered HVAC systems are newer and more impactful ways to reduce energy expenditures. These major upgrades are typically considerably expensive, but they will more than make up the cost after a few years of savings on your energy bills. If doing your part to protect the environment is a goal for you and your family, consider making whatever changes that are possible and fit within your budget. Every step, no matter how small, counts toward protecting our world.
Whether or not being environmentally conscious is important to you; going green with your air conditioning unit can save you money. Your small steps today can have a significant impact tomorrow on both your wallet and the environment we live in. For installation, maintenance, repair, and all other HVAC needs, contact the friendly professionals at East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.