If you’ve been thinking about reducing your carbon footprint, this Saturday, Earth Day, is a great time to start. Your small steps such as making changes in your own HVAC system can make a big impact on our planet and save on your energy bills.
Schedule seasonal HVAC system checks.
By scheduling regular maintenance visits each spring and fall, you can ensure that your air conditioning and furnace are running as efficiently as possible. A skilled technician can check your system’s components and provide tips on how you can reduce bills and use less energy.
Replace your air filters every month.
Air filters aren’t very expensive, and when you consider how much more efficient your AC will run with a clean filter, the purchase is worth every penny. When you don’t replace air filters every month or so, they get clogged with dirt, debris, and dust, making your system work harder while also polluting the environment with harmful contaminants.
Consider having your ducts sealed.
If you have cracks and leaks in your ductwork, you could be receiving high energy bills. Leaking air can account for 35% of the airflow that comes from your AC. A professional HVAC technician can detect leaks and seal all the HVAC ducts that run throughout your home, saving lots of energy by improving your system’s efficiency.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat.
By setting the thermostat lower or higher than average while you’re away from home, you can save a lot energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to program a set temperature that stays consistent each day, while some smart thermostats even allow you to change the thermostat from your phone while you’re away from home. Allowing your system to rest when you don’t need it to kick on is much better for the environment and your bills.
Buy a new unit that’s Earth friendly.
When you start shopping for a new air conditioning unit or furnace, check the energy efficiency ratings. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system will be. The U.S. minimum SEER requirement is currently 13, with any system over 16 SEER considered high efficiency. A SEER rating over 20 is in the highest efficiency group. A higher efficiency system uses less energy, making it better for our Earth.
Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Aberdeen to Start Saving Energy NOW!
When you’re ready to make some Earth-friendly changes, give us a call. Our technicians would love to help you start saving energy.
Happy Earth Day to all of you in Harford County, from all of us at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Aberdeen!