What You Need to Know about Energy Efficiency When It Comes to Heating and Cooling Your Home
July 4, 2017 (MartinJetco.com) – Energy Efficiency – We are all looking for ways to keep our budget on track. Your energy bills can be a great place to start. As much as half of the energy used by your home goes to heating and cooling.
Change Your Air Filter on Schedule
You want to take a peek at your air filter every month. If it looks overly dirty it’s time to replace it. At a minimum, you should change your air filter every three months. A dirty air filter doesn’t allow air to enter your system as efficiently. This makes your system have to work harder to heat or cool your home. This will lead to higher energy costs, and it could significantly shorten the life of your system. Regularly changing your air filter is a lot more economical than having to buy a brand-new unit.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Your heating and cooling systems are just like anything else. Regular maintenance it is necessary to get the most out of them and ensures they operate as efficiently as possible. You wouldn’t drive your car without ever changing the oil. Don’t avoid having routine maintenance done on your HVAC system.
We offer discounts to customers who sign up for a routine maintenance program. Not only will you be able to save money in the long run you will also get the peace of mind in knowing that you are going to get the most out of your budget and your HVAC system.
Get A Programmable Or Smart Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set a schedule so that your air conditioner or furnace will kick on as required to keep your house at a certain temperature at different times of the day. This is ideal for anyone who is routinely away from home throughout the week.
A smart thermostat is like a programmable thermostat on steroids. Smart thermostats can be controlled or adjusted through devices that connect to the Internet. This means that a homeowner can adjust their heating or cooling settings from their smart phone. This gives you the added advantage of adjusting the temperature in your home on the fly from wherever you are. This can lead to huge energy savings if you regularly adjust the settings when you are not home. There are also rebates available that can significantly reduce the cost of installing a smart thermostat.
A recent study found that on average homeowners who switch to smart thermostats saved 10 to 12% on their heating costs and 15% on their air conditioning costs.
One of the leading manufacturers of smart thermostats makes an even bigger claim. Ecobee claims that The Product can save you 23% on your heating and cooling costs. This claim it is based upon leaving your home at a constant temperature of 72° throughout the year.
Selecting Energy-Efficient HVAC Equipment
There have been big strides as of late when it comes to the efficiency of HVAC units. Even if your unit isn’t broken it may be more economical in the long run to upgrade to a more energy-efficient configuration.
Energy efficiency for AC units is governed by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This is a measure of how much work the unit can do with a given amount of energy. SEER ratings can range anywhere from 13 to 25. The higher the rating the more efficient the unit is. A more efficient unit will require less energy to meet your cooling needs. This will save you money on your energy bills. However, as you might imagine, more efficient units are more expensive. Picking the best unit for your needs is not as straightforward as selecting the most energy-efficient air conditioner you can afford. SEER ratings are not black and white. You need to consult with a HVAC contractor to determine the proper set up for your needs.
When it comes to furnaces energy efficiency is measured by a unit known as Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). This is a measure of how much heat the furnace can produce with a specified amount of energy. The more heat it produces with a specific amount of energy the more efficient it is. The rating system for furnaces is much more straightforward. It ranges from 80% to 98.5%. A unit that ranks at 80% converts 80% of its fuel into heat, while a unit that ranks at 98.5% will convert 98.5% of its fuel into heat.
Seal Your Ducts
Your air ducts move air to and from your HVAC units. Making sure they are properly sealed prevents loss of air and makes the entire system function more efficiently.
Don’t take chances with your air conditioning this summer. Call us at 636-225-5854 today to have your air conditioning checked out.
Martin-Jetco Heating & Air Conditioning
1337 W. Lark Industrial
Fenton, MO 63026
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