Spring is just about here, and with it comes a whole lot of green. At SMART, we’re going green as well – and we’re starting with advice for your HVAC system. Of course, these tips are better for the environment, but they’ll allow you to keep more “green” in your wallet as well.
Here are 4 Ways to Go Green With Your HVAC System.
1) Replace Your Old System With a New One
Not only do old HVAC systems break down, they also lose efficiency as they age. The less efficient they become, the more energy they use. While any new system will outperform an old one, ENERGY STAR systems are the most efficient around. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s the right size for your home. The more it cycles on and off, the more energy is wasted.
2) Get Your Hands on a Programmable Thermostat
There aren’t many advantages to having a manual thermostat. In fact, we can’t really think of any at all. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a specific temperature during the day while you’re out and about. We recommend easing off the heating and cooling at night by about 10 degrees as well. These small changes can slash your energy usage and costs in no time.
3) Use Natural Lighting to Control Temperature
Anyone with west facing windows knows just how hot the room can get as the afternoon sets in. In winter, you can use this to your advantage, but as the weather warms up, it can become an issue. Make sure you’re utilizing your blinds, curtains, and shades effectively to heat and cool each room naturally as much as possible.
4) Make Sure Everything Is Installed Properly
While Uncle Chuck might have you convinced he can install that new unit for nothing more than a six-pack of his favorite beer – that’s probably not the best road to travel down. Even if he gets it up and running, he may not do so as effectively and efficiently as a professional undoubtedly would. It may save you money right away, but it’ll cost you in the long run. Plus, we’re currently offering a $200 rebate on all AC and furnace replacements until June 30, 2016. Take advantage while you can!