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
- Rose B.( Geauga County, Unico Air Conditioning Installation May 2017 )
From start to finish their work has met/exceeded our highest expectations. Bill Hann guided us through what needed to be done and his workmen were extremely competent and easy to communicate with. The new system works beautifully. Thank you! We highly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann.
- Tatiana D.( Cleveland Heights, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Service )
Verne & Ellsworth Hann has gone above and beyond for us repeatedly including giving us two salvaged cast iron radiators when our existing ones were not doing the trick. They came back countless times when we were unable to regulate the temperature in the house until they found the perfect balance. They’ve responded to emergencies in a matter of minutes and performed invaluable services professionally and expertly. I cannot recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann enough and will continue to use them and trust them with all of our home needs. They are fantastic.
- Kathleen C.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation March 2017 )
The installers were very professional. The workmanship looks excellent. They answered the few questions I had, and the job went smoothly. I am very pleased.
- Frank V., Painsville( Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, March 2017 )
Verne & Ellsworth Hann cared about making sure I knew my options. I was given detailed explanations to my questions and did not feel pressured at all. The crew was kind and considerate and put drop cloths everywhere. You must do yourself a favor and choose to work with Verne & Ellsworth Hann, Inc.
- David G.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation February 2017 )
I really appreciate the amount of time Bill spent going over all our options. The installers were great and the process was painless from start to finish!