As we all know, “green” is used quite frequently to describe environmentally-friendly products and services. In many ways, it’s sometimes far-fetched to call an HVAC system “green” – especially if that system is old and inefficient – because of its tremendous use of energy. For these inefficient systems, “gray” or “brown” is probably more apt than green!
Combined, heating, and cooling comprise one of the biggest energy hogs in a household, contributing significantly to the monthly bills. Indeed, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, during the peak summer months, air conditioning accounts for almost 50% of the energy used in the entire United States.
How can you “go green” with your HVAC system?
With the push to increase global awareness of environmental issues, the standards for many HVAC systems have become more energy efficient. If you want to replace your system with a new one, you should seriously consider an HVAC unit that has been certified by ENERGY STAR. These systems can save you up to 50% off of your current energy costs, and the federal government and other municipalities typically offer tax credits if you buy them during a certain time of the year.
Upgrading and replacing certain parts of your HVAC system can also be somewhat cost-effective. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you will save up to $150 a year if you install a programmable thermostat. You can also save up to $200 in heating and cooling costs if you:
- upgrade your gas furnace, central air conditioner, and gas water heater to ENERGY STAR products;
- replace windows with low-emissivity, argon-filled units; and
- upgrade insulation to the levels recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Many homeowners are unable to afford the cost of a new HVAC system, however. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase the efficiency of your current unit, including:
- performing an annual check-up;
- routinely changing the air filters;
- installing a programmable thermostat;
- checking the ductwork to ensure that there is proper airflow;
- ensuring that the system has been properly installed by a reputable company; and
- consulting a technician about the size of your unit and whether it was sized correctly for your home.
To learn more about ways you can save energy and money with your HVAC system, please call Minnick’s at 888-483-5740.