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Originally published Jan 24, 2018, updated Jan. 11, 2022.

As eco-conscious products become more plentiful to choose from, energy efficiency is a top-of-the-list requirement for homeowners looking to upgrade their homes. Greensboro area weather is varies from chilly to hot and muggy. Such a range of weather conditions can increase your HVAC system’s energy consumption, so efficient systems can help keep utility bills low, while keeping everyone comfortable. These are our favorite three HVAC upgrades that can improve your system’s efficiency.

Smart Thermostat

One of the most effective energy efficiency upgrades available is the smart thermostat. These controls 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 leads to issues like air leaks in the attic. This increases 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 choose the best placement to reduce air leaks. If you have an older home, there may be more air leaks than you anticipate.

HVAC Replacement Improves Energy Efficiency

If your system is over 20 years old, it’s 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. Technology improvements in the past 10 years have made heating and cooling systems much more energy efficient.

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, our knowledgeable technicians will install it properly, 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 to schedule a consultation.

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