Seven Ways to be Efficient
- Maintain your heating and cooling system
The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have a licensed HVAC professional do annual tuneups. It’s also important to clean or change air filters once a month.
- Seal air leaks
Fixing leaks around your home will help you get the full performance out of insulation. The biggest gaps are usually found in the attic and basement.
- Seal ducts
Ducts that are damaged or blocked can leak conditioned air and reduce your system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. You can improve your duct’s performance by calling an HVAC professional.
- Replace old equipment with ENERGY STAR® products
When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR label. These products use advanced technology to help you save on energy bills and improve the comfort in your home.
- Make sure equipment is the right size for your home
Remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better. If the heating or cooling unit is too large for your home, it will frequently cycle on and off, which wastes energy. Plus, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air, which can impact the comfort and health of your home.
- Install a programmable thermostat
An ENERGY STAR® qualified thermostat, when properly used, can save you about $100 every year in energy costs. To maximize savings, it’s important to keep the thermostat at energy-saving temperatures for long periods of time, whether it’s during the day when you’re at work or through the night.
- Change five lights
If every household replaced five frequently used lights, or the bulbs inside them, one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases would be prevented from going into the air.
How to Save Your Heating Dollars
Energy waste is easy to overlook, especially in winter when you’re just trying to stay warm. It is possible to save money without reducing your comfort level. Here’s where to look:
- Dirty furnace filters require your heating system to work harder. Create reminders in your email calendar to change or clean your system’s filter regularly. Disposable filters should be changed once a month. Also, clean your clothes dryer’s filter after each load.
- Check around doors and windows for drafts of cold air. Adding inexpensive foam strips and caulking seals in warm air and can reduce your heating bill.
- An old, inefficient HVAC system can waste hundreds of dollars each year. Install an energy-efficient furnace like the Coleman Echelon Series Modulating Furnace to reduce your energy bill dramatically. The Precise Comfort™ technology automatically adjusts heat and airflow in increments as small as 1% to provide the ultimate in comfort control.
- Excess dust in your home could be a sign of air leaks. Sealing leaks could reduce your annual energy bill by about 10%.* (If you own a newer home that’s airtight but you still have a dust problem, consider using a High Efficiency Air Cleaner. Saving your personal energy is important, too!)
- Back electrical outlets and switch plates on your home’s exterior walls with rubber gaskets available from home-improvement stores.
How to Get AC Ready in Spring
After clearing any leaves, brush and dirt from inside your air conditioner’s top grille, trim nearby shrubs and bushes to allow at least two feet of clearance around the unit. Replace your air conditioner filter once a month, because dirty filters restrict air flow and mean your system can waste energy.
Better earlier than later
Even if it isn’t a very warm day, go ahead and set your thermostat to cooling mode now and run your air conditioner a few minutes to make sure it’s working. If you wait until the weather gets hot to find out your air conditioner isn’t operating the way it should, it may be days before a technician is available to fix it. Scheduling an annual checkup in early spring can also help you identify any small problems that could turn into large problems later.
Replace and Save
If you’re planning to replace your air conditioner, look for an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. Replacing an old, inefficient central air conditioner with a high-efficiency system can reduce cooling costs up to 20 percent*.
TIP: If you use a room air conditioner, install it on a north-facing wall to keep it out of the sun. Room air conditioners work better when the unit stays cool
Fall and Winter Checklist
General guidelines for keeping your home warm and efficient
- Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment.
- Set your thermostat to 68°F when you’re at home and awake, and as low as 60°F when you’re asleep or awake.v
- Clean or replace furnace filters every month.
- Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
- Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
- Insulate inside of windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets.
- Check your attic for proper insulation. (The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a value between R-22 and R-49.)
- Close curtains or shades at night and keep them open during the day
- Clean windows on the south side of your house to maximize sunlight exposure.
- Weather-strip doors that lead to cold or outside areas.
- Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.
- Repair leaky faucets.
Being Green is an attitude that starts at the top and is not only encouraged within the company it is a written company policy. It starts with offering high efficient furnaces and air conditioners, but is continued with day to day processes, such as recycling bins throughout the office, recycling of our old furnaces and air conditioning equipment, ordering our manufactured products locally and keeping our fleet vehicles well maintained and up to date. These are a few examples of our commitment to not only think Green but to BEE GREEN!!!