Fall is finally upon us, which means families all across the country will be turning on their home heating systems soon enough. But with an increased emphasis on green living, many homeowners are looking for ways to save energy (and money) without sacrificing comfort. Fortunately, there are a number of ways, ranging from basic to extravagant, to make your fall heating more eco-friendly. Below are three simple steps to reduce your HVAC system’s environmental impact this season.
- Install a programmable thermostat
Just think about the times when you’re at work or your family is asleep: is the heat still set to the same temperature as it is during other times of the day? If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you’re probably wasting a ton of money and energy every month. By keeping your home at a more conservative temperature during specific times of the day or night (and not having to think about adjusting that temperature yourself) will save you a lot on your monthly bills and can reduce your energy usage. You can even control certain thermostat systems right from your smartphone to ensure you don’t have to waste unnecessary energy.
- Address HVAC repairs right away
When furnaces aren’t functioning as they should, they have to work a lot harder to make your home comfortable. That results in waste, both economically and energy-wise. Any problems with your system won’t rectify themselves, and they’ll only get worse over time. Your home will feel less comfortable and you’ll be spending more every month. It’s a lot more cost-effective to invest in HVAC repairs right away, rather than putting them off. You may even be able to install a high efficiency system that offers a reduced environmental impact.
- Check your fireplace, windows, and insulation
This step doesn’t involve your heater itself, but it will make your heating system much more energy efficient and your home much more comfortable. Look for places in your home that might allow heat to escape. Improper insulation is one of the chief causes of energy loss: a lack of adequate attic insulation can cause 20% of every dollar spent on your home heating to escape through the roof. If your insulation and ventilation look good, you may want to make sure your fireplace damper is closed and that your windows have good thermal protection. Older homes are often drafty in these areas, so take measures to keep the heat in. That way, you won’t be wasting energy or paying for heat you don’t even feel.
By getting a programmable thermostat, having HVAC repairs performed right away, and checking your home for signs of heat loss, you’ll easily be able to cut down on extra energy waste and put some more green in both your pocket and your home. To find out more about high efficiency heating systems or to schedule annual maintenance, contact us today.