Energy Saving Tips
With rising utility costs, we’re all concerned with energy savings. There’s quite a few, easy steps you can take as a homeowner to reduce your energy consumption. One of the simplest is regular maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment. On your own, you can clean or replace filters regularly, clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators, and make sure your furnace and air conditioner is not blocked by drapes, furniture or carpets. Leave the rest to the trained professionals. By calling our HVAC efficiency experts for annual maintenance, you’ll keep your system clean, operating more efficiently and lasting longer. Not only does serviced equipment utilize less energy, it also runs quieter, safer and provides improved air quality.
If you’re looking to install a new furnace, be sure to research Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. This rating represents the seasonal average efficiency. While the national minimum is 80%, there are ENERGY STAR labeled models with AFUE ratings of 98%. A 98% AFUE for a gas furnace means it outputs 98 BTUs of useful heat for 100 BTUs of Natural Gas input. For air conditioning, SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the cooling output during an average cooling season divided by the total electric energy input. Air conditioning systems are rated using SEER and have approved efficient ratings of 13 to 21 SEER.
Most newer heating and cooling systems come with programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats are not only convenient but a great way to conserve energy. By adjusting your thermostat seven to ten degrees Fahrenheit from its usual temperature for eight hours a day, you’ll save as much as 10% per year on your utility bill. And with a programmable thermostat, it’s simple to adjust your indoor temperature for those times when you’re normally asleep or away from home. Many of the latest thermostats are Wi-fi compatible, so you can determine your indoor temperature from your smart phone or computer, even when you’re away from home.
To make sure that your home is running at maximum energy efficiency, Comfort Control Corporation can install attic insulation into your home which will allow you to retain more heat in the Winter and more cool air in the Summer. This will help reduce your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable all year long! In addition to insulating your attic, the Comfort Control team can also help you seal leakage which can cause losses in your home’s efficiency.
Take a walk around both the inside and outside of your home and take the top to bottom approach. Start at the roof and work your way down, considering possible areas where you may be losing air or taking in drafts. Sometimes an energy solution is as simple as a bit of insulation or caulk. For bigger savings you might want a new HVAC system. Call today and we’ll be happy to discuss your many options for improving home energy consumption and comfort levels.