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
- George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
Your company did an excellent job! We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible. Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!
- Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
Thank you thank you! For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!
- Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal. He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain. The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system. The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold. Bill addressed each and every question I had. Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed. The work was completed in two days by a great installer team. They were on time, professional and courteous. The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in. I’d highly recommend them.
- Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation. Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical. I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization. Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust. The installation team was excellent. They were experienced. They arrived precisely on time every day. They explained every step of the process. They worked as a team. They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own. The installation is a thing of beauty. Every time I go into my basement I smile. I now have a reliable, efficient system. I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.
- John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
Boiler has performed like a champ! Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed. New stat works well!