It’s almost Earth Day, and homeowners all over the country are thinking about the positive changes they can make this year to improve our ecosystem. If you’re looking for opportunities to shrink your carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider some repairs or improvements to your home HVAC system. This can not only be a great thing for the environment -- it can make a big difference in your monthly heating and cooling bills.

Here are just a few ways you can make your home HVAC strategy more eco-friendly:

  • Change your air filters. You should already be doing this at regular intervals, but if you’ve been forgetful, Earth Day is a great time to swap them out and establish a habit of changing them as recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Schedule an HVAC system tune-up. This simple service can significantly boost the energy efficiency of your system, and it can help you catch problems before they progress into something catastrophic.

  • Inspect your ductwork and seal off any leaky areas you find. Leaky ducts are among the most wasteful (and most common) problems in HVAC energy efficiency.

  • Upgrade your insulation. If your attic insulation hasn’t been replaced in many years, it’s a good time to evaluate whether replacement would help keep more treated air in your home. You may also consider spray foam insulation, which can be used to seal some of the trickiest cracks and gaps.

  • Invest in a smart thermostat. These thermostats offer the most sophisticated and user-friendly programming controls, and they can typically be controlled by smartphone from anywhere in the world. When control over your thermostat is always in your pocket, avoiding HVAC waste is easy.

  • Try keeping your thermostat a degree or two higher this summer. You might not mind such a small adjustment, but over the course of the whole summer, it can have a big impact in the amount of energy saved. You’ll also see the savings in your monthly bill!

  • If your HVAC system is ten years old or older, replacing it entirely may be the best way to take a huge leap in your household energy efficiency. Browse for the most eco-friendly models based on which ones qualify for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, as these are the systems that exceed federal standards for energy efficiency.

Some of these Earth Day solutions are simple DIY tasks, but others demand a professional touch. If you find you need any help getting more out of your HVAC system for your energy dollar, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

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