If you’re looking for a way to improve efficiency in your home and help the environment, there are so many steps—big and small—that can make a huge difference. Take a look at some of our advice for improving the efficiency of your home to save money and help out the environment.
The small steps you take to improve home efficiency can make a big difference. This advice may seem like nothing, but you might be surprised by the drop in your energy bills when you become more conscious of these habits:
- Turning off lights when you leave a room.
- Setting the thermostat to no lower than 78° in the summer.
- Setting the thermostat to 68° for heating.
- Turning off fans when you leave the room.
- Unplugging appliances that are not in use.
Upgrading Your HVAC System
You can make some changes to your HVAC system that have a big impact on energy efficiency for many years to come. Upgrading to a Wi-Fi thermostat can help you to save a lot on your monthly heating and air conditioning bills, since you can control and monitor your comfort system from your smart phone.
A zone control system divides your home into separate zones which helps you to take more control of your AC and heating and waste less energy.
Finding Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
When you want to upgrade a furnace, make sure it has a high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). An AFUE over about 90 indicates a highly efficient heater. For air conditioners and heat pumps, look for a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 16 or higher.
Have you considered adding solar panels onto your home? It’s an investment, of course, but the overall lifetime savings will offset this cost. Solar energy is free, and you can feel good about the impact you have on the environment.
A geothermal system is a heating and cooling system (a heat pump) that moves heat to and from the earth. An underground loop system has antifreeze circulating through it. A heat exchanger transfers heat from the antifreeze solution in the closed loop system to the refrigerant in the heat pump. Heat from the ground moves to the house when you need heat. When you need cool air (in the summer), heat transfers from the air in your home back underground. It’s a large underground system, but it helps you save a lot of money in time.
AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. does excellent work at a fair price. Contact our team to learn more about air conditioning and heating upgrades in Nichols, GA.