How to Make a Home More Energy Efficient
How eco-friendly and energy efficient is the heating and cooling system in your home or business? Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system plays a central role in your monthly utility bills, but it can also contribute your being green, sustainable, and energy-efficient to save you money. Here’s a few ideas and tips from our certified and licensed technicians to get you started.
If you’re ‘new’ to the eco-friendly lifestyle, or simply are looking to save on rising energy cost the easiest way is to take small step like recycling. When it comes to your HVAC system same thing, find an energy calculator online to assess your current energy usage. It can help you determine where you could make some minor changes.
One of the most efficient means to controlling your HVAC system is by installing a programmable thermostat and keeping it warmer in summer or cooler in winter when you’re not home, or sleeping. Do some research before investing in a programmable thermostat and make sure it is easy to use or it might not end up saving you money or energy.
Next is running ceiling fans instead of your air conditioner whenever possible to keep cool in the summer. Air conditioners can cost up to 36 times more to run than a ceiling fan.
Planting shade trees can reduce the amount of energy you spend to cool your house on hot summer days. It may take some time to see the full benefit but you’ll get years of natural beauty and enjoyment along the way by improving the appearance of your community and increase the value of your property. Trees absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Place deciduous trees (trees that shed their leaves annually) near the south and west sides of your home. This will help them block harsh afternoon sunlight in the summer, but let sunlight reach your home during the winter.
If you’re prepared to make longer term investments, you may consider replacing older appliances, such your water heater, furnace, or air conditioner with Energy Star-qualified products from Just in Time Furnace Inc.to ensure that your home uses less energy.
Insulating attics, basements, and replacing older, inefficient windows will also make you HVAC system work more efficiently and cut your heating and cooling bills by making it easier to maintain a consistent temperature inside. If your budget won’t allow for replacing windows, use caulking and weatherstripping around windows to stop air from seeping in (or out). This can cut heat loss in the winter and keep you cool in the summer.
Choosing the right furnace or air conditioning unit is crucial to maintaining energy efficiency in your home and keeping your energy bills low. When you’re looking for someone who can do the job right, can help with a new energy-efficient furnace or air conditioning unit, and has the best quality and prices on heating and cooling services, contact Just in Time Furnace Inc. at 403-333-6666 today for expert service, great values, and a free quote for your home or business.