How is the air quality within your home? If you’ve noticed that it isn’t optimal, then you may want to consider having it tested by a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning service (HVAC).
Some Tips on Maintaining Your Home’s Cooling Needs
When your HVAC system isn’t properly installed, it can affect your system’s efficiency. Furthermore, this can result in higher utility bills as well as potentially shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system.
How often do you change the filters on your HVAC unit? EnergyStar.gov recommends that these should be changed at least every 1 to 3 months. The frequency with which you change your filters will depend on a variety of factors, including how often you use your air conditioning or HVAC system.
If you have an old HVAC or air conditioning system, you may want to consider changing it out for a high-efficiency model. When you also engage in other actions to maintain your home, your energy usage can usually be reduced by 20% to 50%.
Some Tips on Maintaining Your Home’s Heating Needs
Do you have an older furnace? If it’s over 15 years old, it may be time to purchase a high-efficiency model rather than have it repaired. This may be recommended in particular if a key part such as the heat exchanger, fails. It may also be a good idea to replace your unit if the control module has failed.
When you upgrade your furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency, your heating will be more reliable. Furthermore, you will also save on fuel and be able to reduce emissions.
Do you heat your home with gas or oil? If you live in a typical cold-climate home and heat with gas, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons every year. When you heat with oil, you may be able to reduce these emissions by 2.5 tons.