Living In An Efficient Home
As we celebrate Earth Day give yourself a pat on the back if you recycle, re-use rain water, work at composting, ride a bike, drive an electric car and embrace sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint on Mother Earth.
Another approach to reducing your carbon footprint is to address the efficiency of heating and cooling your home. After all, as much as half the energy (and energy costs) go directly into heating and cooling your home.
Here are a few tips to guide towards a healthy and efficient home:
Change your filter every month during those times of heavy use like winter and summer. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder. That added system fatigue could lead to equipment failure.
Tune-up your HVAC equipment annually, both your heating and cooling systems. Just like a tune-up on your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling equipment can improve efficiency and comfort.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who away for set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can potentially save you up to $180 per year.
Seal your heating and cooling ducts. Ducts that move and to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems in your home by up o 20%.
Consider installing Energy Star qualified heating and cooling equipment. If your HVAC is more than ten years old and is not keeping your home comfortable, have it evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. Depending on where you live, installing equipment with the Energy Star rating could reduce your annual energy bill by up to $115. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of your problems, rather than your HVAC equipment.
Proper installation of your new equipment is critical. So, choose a qualified, experienced, licensed and bonded contractor who is registered in your city and complies with all codes and ordinances. We think, naturally, Verne & Ellsworth Hann should be your first choice.
The improper installation of a new HVAC system can reduce system performance by as much as 30% in some cases, costing you more money on your utility bills and shortening the life of your equipment.
“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share” –Lady Bird Johnson
- Charles S.( Cleveland Heights, AC Installation July 2017 )
Excellent and prompt service. The workmen were professional and helpful in their explanation of care and service of the equipment.
- Sondra S.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation July 2017 )
I want you to know how pleased I was with the entire experience. From the initial meeting with Chris through the installation of my new A/C unit.
- John S.( Cleveland, Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
Installers were spot on time at 8 am, took care not to track dirt into house, and were both courteous and friendly. Excellent quality work to boot!
- Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install. Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily. Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project. A++ and highly recommended!
- Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
The unit is working very well. The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully. I would never have even known they were there. Thank you again.