With an increasing emphasis on eco-conscious products and systems, energy efficiency is one of the greatest concerns of homeowners looking to upgrade their homes. Greensboro area weather is extremely variable, with temperatures fluctuating from chilly to sweltering. Such a range of weather conditions can increase your HVAC system’s energy consumption, so efficient systems can help keep utility bills low. These are our favorite three HVAC upgrades that can improve your system’s efficiency.
One of the most effective energy efficiency upgrades available is the smart thermostat. These systems are able to track your family’s schedule to tailor an individualized plan that adjusts your home’s temperature so that it’s comfortable while you’re there, but doesn’t run as much while you’re away. This helps to increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills.
Insulation is vital for regulating your home’s temperature and reducing strain on your HVAC system. Poor insulation can lead to issues like air leaks or excess debris. Both of these problems can not only increase your HVAC system’s energy draw, but can also lead to allergen issues and inaccurate temperature settings.
Installing insulation is a job best left to professionals, who can determine the best placement to reduce air leaks. If you have an older home, there may be more air leaks than you anticipate.
If your system is over 20 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. Older systems have significantly higher energy consumption rates, with minimal energy-efficiency considerations. While they may work fine and produce comfortable temperatures, your utility bill will be higher than with a newer system.
When considering replacements, be sure to look at the Energy Star rating. Even mid-range systems can save you money. Once you settle on a system, have it professionally installed, since incorrect installation can reduce the benefits of even the most efficient systems.
If you’re ready to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, give Air Treatment Inc. a call at 336-790-3206 to schedule a consultation.
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