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Living In An Efficient Home

Earth Day:

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

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  • Thank you for the great work!

    - Alejandra, R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, September 2018 )
  • Your company and installers went “above and beyond” when we had a complete failure of our AC system during the hottest spell of the year.  We would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who will listen!

    - Linda K.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation, September 2018 )
  • I couldn’t have been happier with the service or final result!

    - Thomas P.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, September 2018 )
  • We have used Verne & Ellsworth Hann for over 20 years.  They have been consistently professional, courteous and efficient.  The city inspectors in our area are sticklers for perfection, Verne & Ellsworth Hann passes with flying colors each and every inspection.  Most importantly I trust their work and their staff.

    - Stephanie, E.( Aurora, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, September 2018 )
  • We have been very happy with Verne & Ellsworth Hann!  The installers were professional and efficient.  I would use the company again!  We already told our neighbors and they used Verne & Ellsworth Hann for a tune-up!

    - Lisa M.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, August 2018 )