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
- Richard & Rita G.( Cleveland Heights, Plumbing Repair, February 2020 )
Brian was an excellent worker. He was clear about the problem, worked efficiently and neatly.
- Debby D.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2019 )
The installers were really easy to have in the house. Super guys.
- Gail B.( Chagrin Falls, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, August 2019 )
Efficient – no nonsense!
- Diane H.( Mayfield Heights, Mini-Split Installation, December 2019 )
To all of you, thank you for your professionalism and work ethic. It was a pleasure to have you in my home to install units.
- Richard K.( South Euclid, Boiler Installation, November 2019 )
Great leader in Todd and great team. Everything was very well done. Very impressed with Todd’s 40 years of work at Verne & Ellsworth Hann.