You can minimize your air conditioning and heating costs if you keep all the components well maintained and purchase energy efficient equipment. The U.S. government’s Energy Star ratings help consumers select the best energy efficient air & heat systems for their homes.
Energy Efficient Air and Heat Systems
In general, more than half of the household budget goes to air conditioning and heat. Homeowners who are comfortable at home are also more productive and happier overall. As a result, it’s extremely important to invest in quality, energy efficient air conditioning and heating; and to keep up with maintenance so that the systems operate reliably.
Tips for Energy Efficient AC and Heat
Residential homes and commercial buildings should have a complete HVAC tune up each year. It should go beyond the cooling system or furnace to include your duct work as well. A yearly service maintenance call performed by a professional will allow your system to keep working properly and retain its overall efficiency.
Change Air Filters
Clean filters allow airflow to be unimpeded and let the systems work. During summer and winter when there is heavy use, it is recommended that you change the filters every month to keep them clean. During the more temperate spring and fall, it may be enough to replace the filters every three months. Dust and dirt accumulates through the air intake, and filters protect the moving parts of the machine.
Seal the Ducts
It is also important to seal the air and heat ducts in your home. This prevents air that has been through the system from escaping. The ductwork moves warmth from the furnace or cooled air from the air conditioner through the other parts of the house, but cracks and leaks can allow air to escape. Insulating and sealing the ducts can save you up to save 20% in your energy costs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat lets you control the temperature in your home even when you are away. When no one is home, you can set the temperature closer to the outside weather. When you are on your way home, you can remotely instruct the system to reassume your ideal interior temperature, warm or cool.
Install Energy Star Equipment
If your home climate control systems are more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing them with newer, more energy efficient models. To help consumers save money on energy and protect the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy established the Energy Star Program. Energy Star ratings adhere to strict energy efficiency guidelines and provide valuable information to homeowners before they purchase new appliances.
In addition to reducing electric and gas bills, the installation of systems that are efficiency rated can qualify for deductions on your federal and state income taxes. If you decide to replace your old air conditioner or heater, make sure to have your new Energy Star-qualified system installed by a professional.
Be Comfortable, Frugal and Environmentally Friendly
For air and heat systems to function efficiently, they need proper care and regular maintenance. Upgrading your thermostat, air conditioner or heater one of the latest energy-saving models will reduce your utility bills and even your annual taxes. As an added bonus, you can rest assured that you’re minimizing your carbon footprint.
If your existing air and heat system needs to be repaired or replaced, you will want to hire a qualified technician. American Home Shield can make this easy. We only send the most reliable professionals to AHS customers and your house call will always be at the rate you selected in your service contract.