Earth is calling, are you ready to answer?
With Earth Day coming up this month, now is the perfect time to reevaluate your HVAC system to look for ways to save energy, making your home as efficient as possible. In most cases, heating and cooling components are the most substantial energy inputs for most residences, so it’s an area where cutting back can have a significant impact not only on your energy bill, but also our planet’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Get ready for Earth Day with these planet friendly tips for your HVAC system:
Tune it up: It’s important to service your air conditioning unit when the seasons change, so you know that everything is working at peak efficiency. No one wants to waste energy, especially due to preventable causes such as system malfunction, duct obstruction or simply a dirty filter.
Climate control: Having a set, energy efficient temperature in your home can help minimize your consumption, and reduce your impact on climate change. So, if you can take the heat of an indoor temperature of 78 degrees or higher, not only will you save money but you will also reduce your energy usage. If you have a whole house fan, opening up the house in the mornings and turning on ceiling fans can also bring the temperature down, without using your AC. Smart thermostats are also a great way to manage your energy consumption – and it takes all the thinking out of home temperature management. These devices have been shown to shave hundreds of dollars off annual energy bills.
Fortify the homefront: Heating and cooling does little good if you can’t keep it inside your house! Most homes that lack proper insulation usually lose their hard earned indoor climate through the roof, walls or windows. So, if you’re wondering whether your home is properly insulated, check with the experts. A quick spray insulation could be an inexpensive way to beef up your indoor climate retention, saving you money and sweat. Add in a quick sweep to check any cracks around windows or doors, to seal up any pesky leaks with some weather stripping, for good measure.
Tricks for “passive cooling”: When the summer sun starts to heat up your home, you can reduce the load on your air conditioner with some strategic shading. Try closing the curtains over sunny windows during the day to turn the heat away, then opening the windows at night so the cooler air can help draw down the temperature in your house.
For more helpful advice on HVAC seasonal transitions, have one of our professionals perform an energy audit in order to know exactly where changes could be beneficial to your home and for the planet. Call Bold City Heating & Air for more energy-saving tips or visit our AC services page here to see how we can help. You can also call us anytime at (904) 299-8684.