Energy Saving Tips
Energy-Saving Tips to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
Goff Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC invites you to become responsible global citizens and do your share in saving our fragile environment. It’s not necessary for you to embark on large-scale changes to live the green life. In fact, making the right choices for HVAC units and using them wisely are already big steps toward protecting the planet.
Save the Environment — Save Your Money
When your HVAC system is old or in need of repair, you inevitably use more energy. The higher the demand for energy, the greater your carbon footprint. The following simple tips will put you on the path toward saving the earth and saving on your energy bills:
- Lower your thermostat while you sleep or while you are away from home. For every degree that you lower the settings, you can save as much as 3% on your heating bill. Do the opposite for your AC. About 3 to 5% more energy is consumed for every degree that your furnace is set above 68 degrees, and for every degree that your air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.
- Use weatherstripping around your doorways for better insulation. When it’s cold, close the drapes and blinds at night to help keep the heat inside your house. You may even add door sweeps beneath your doors for added insulation.
- You can keep your heating and cooling costs at a minimum if you improve the insulation in your attic. Don’t forget that heat transfer is common through this part of your house, so it has to be properly insulated to keep the rooms in your home comfortable. Check the US Department of Energy’s website for the most appropriate insulation level in your area.
- You can also wrap the heating and cooling ducts or use mastic sealant for better insulation.
Be a Wise Energy Consumer
- Find out if it’s time to replace your old HVAC system. And when you do need a replacement, purchase only energy-efficient models that have the ENERGY STAR label, so you save on energy bills. A faulty HVAC system does not just use up too much energy; it also won’t perform at its peak. Thus you are forced to pay more for less comfort.
- Choose an indoor air quality product that does not emit ozone. The earth is enveloped in a natural ozone layer that helps to block the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. However, contact with ground-level ozone is a health hazard that can cause chest pains and shortness of breath. Make sure that the electrical air cleaner or portable ionic air purifier you buy is ozone-free.
- Install paddle fans or other air re-circulating devices to encourage better air movement and enhance the cooling ability of your air conditioning unit. Room temperatures near the ceiling can be 30-40 degrees higher than floor level. Remember that cold air sinks and hot air rises, and your air conditioner can perform better if the air in your room circulates more freely.
Energy efficiency and energy savings should be the goal of every residential consumer and business. Achieving energy savings in your Springfield home or business is easy when you partner with Goff Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. Call us today for more information.