Today we celebrate Earth Day, a day when we pledge to do our part to preserve the planet for generations to come. As we join this worldwide endeavor, there are some things we can do to make our homes energy efficient. These five energy-saving tips can ensure your HVAC system runs efficiently for a long time and will help the environment while running smoothly.
1. Replace the Air Filters Regularly
We recommend changing the air filters every 3 to 6 months. This timeframe can vary due to the age of the HVAC system, the condition of the unit, or if there are any pets in the household. Without routine replacement, the air filters get clogged due to dirt, debris, and dust. This causes the HVAC unit to work much harder increasing energy usage. Ultimately, this can increase the amount of energy your HVAC system utilizes, increasing the cost of your energy bill.
2. Install Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats are an affordable way to automate your home’s temperature. By setting a schedule to fit your needs and customizing your HVAC system usage, you can significantly reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC unit.
3. Clean the Gutters & Trim the Foliage
Bushes and foliage surrounding your HVAC system can constrict the HVAC unit. This can cause inefficiency since the unit must work harder to address the constriction. The presence of water and moisture also adversely affects indoor air quality. By trimming the bushes, you improve airflow to your HVAC system and save energy by allowing your system to run at its peak performance. By cleaning the gutters during spring and summer you can keep the moisture levels in check which improves indoor air quality.
4. Schedule a Maintenance Check for your Heating & Air Conditioning System
We recommend semi-annual HVAC maintenance tune-ups to keep your home HVAC system running smoothly year long. Ideally, this would be once before the summer and the second visit before the winter. During a maintenance visit our technicians complete a list of tasks, from checking fluid levels to lubricating moving parts. Our technicians will also identify minor problems and provide recommendations to address these issues. These recommendations are to prevent major repairs or a complete breakdown in the future. Ask about our Freedom Family Plan!
5. Consider Air Duct Sealing
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, typical air duct systems lose 25% to 40% of the heating or cooling energy exerted by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Sealing the HVAC ducts and making duct repairs could be the most essential energy improvement measure you make. This change could improve the efficiency of your system, but it could reduce energy consumption and save you as much as 15% on your utility bills. Ask us about Aeroseal!
More than 50% of your home’s energy usage comes from your HVAC system. Implementing these Earth-friendly energy-saving tips can improve your HVAC unit’s efficiency and reduce your environmental impact by decreasing energy consumption. Call Freedom Heating & Air at (214) 306-8456 or schedule a professional maintenance visit if you have any questions. Our expert HVAC technicians have years of experience installing, servicing, and repairing residential and commercial HVAC systems.