Going Green

Did you realize that nearly half of the energy used in your home is consumed by your heating and air conditioning system? Now imagine how hard your system may be working to keep you comfortable if the coils or air ducts are dirty.

Properly maintaining your heating and air conditioning system with routine maintenance can increase efficiency, while decreasing your energy bills. There are many ways to “go green” at home, but one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways is with a tune-up. After you’ve taken the appropriate steps by having a tune-up, once in the spring and once in the fall, you can take additional steps to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly home with a few energy saving solutions.

Follow these suggestions to create a more “green” energy efficient home:

  • Install a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature in your home or away.
  • Use a high efficiency air filter to help your system stay clean longer.
  • Have your units coils cleaned regularly – about every six months – to prevent dirt and dust build-up.
  • Check the attic, crawl space or basement to make sure it’s properly insulated.
  • If installing a new unit, look for a high Energy Efficiency Ratio number on air conditioners. Some units manufactured about 10 years ago were in the 10 SEER range while many units today are in the 20 SEER range. Going from a 10 to 20 SEER will cut your cooling costs in half.

In an effort to encourage sustainable products another change you need to be aware of is the phase out of R-22, the refrigerant most commonly used in heating and cooling units. All new units will be required to use “environmentally sound” refrigerant such as R-410A. The phase out was mandated by the government in an effort to help protect the Earth’s ozone layer.

By switching to the more economically and environmentally friendly R-410A you can also protect yourself from the potentially higher costs of servicing an air conditioner or heating unit that uses R-22.

Remember finding energy solutions at home doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your comfort. You can save money while being “green” and stay comfortable. For more information on the refrigerant change or on how you can save money on your next energy bill, contact Essential Air at 250-727-1831