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Improving Home Energy Savings with Existing Equipment

Buying and installing a new HVAC system can be a costly project, but there are things you can do to improve the efficiency of your existing HVAC equipment. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) green energy program--Energy Star--recommends the following tips for gaining greater efficiency from your HVAC equipment:

Reduce Heating & Cooling Costs with Simple Energy Savings Tips

  • Install a programmable thermostat: This is great for regulating energy costs when you're not home and for automatically adjusting your home's climate during different times of day and night. You can realize energy savings of approximately $180 annually with a programmable thermostat.
  • Change air filters often: Changing air filters in your HVAC system monthly during peak usage, and every three months otherwise can help with improving the efficiency of your system, which works harder and produces less air when dealing with a dirty filter. Changing filters is the easiest and most economical thing your can do for improving home energy savings.

Hire a licensed HVAC contractor for tuning up and maintaining your HVAC system. This service should include these steps:

  • Check thermostat settings
  • Check system controls to verify they're working correctly
  • Check and tighten electrical connections as needed
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Check the condensate drain in your heating/cooling unit. Overflow can cause water damage and affect humidity levels in your home.
  • Cooling specific chores: Clean condenser and evaporator coils, check the refrigerant level in your air conditioner, and clean and adjust blower components as necessary. These actions will help improve energy efficiency and you may realize 15 percent energy savings.
  • Heating specific chores: Check fuel connections, gas pressure (if applicable), heat exchanger and burner combustion. Faulty or dirty heating equipment can be a health and safety hazard.

Performing your annual HVAC inspection and tuneup can save money, but if you have any concerns, please contact a licensed HVAC contractor. HVAC contractors can recommend ideas for energy savings and assist with reducing your air conditioning and heating costs.

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It usually isn’t until we receive our energy bill that we remember how our home is heated. Heat is often taken for granted because for the most part our heating systems are controlled by a simple turn of the thermostat and magically we have heat! In recent times, homeowners are becoming more conscious of how much heat is used because energy costs are taking a bigger bite out of our household budgets.

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Most air conditioning problems are a result of flawed installation, poor service, and insufficient maintenance. However, there are several ways to check for and resolve problems associated with your central air conditioning. Common problems include the compressor failing to turn on, the air not coming out cool enough, low airflow, and water leaks.

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In order to get the most out of your air conditioning system, it is important to understand the different designs, components, and operating principles. Paying close attention to the proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to lowing your overall costs.

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