8 Tips for Creating an Energy-Efficient Home

A large portion of the money that the average household spends on energy goes towards heating and cooling. Regardless of what type of air conditioner and heater your home is equipped with, keeping your home comfortable in all types of weather is going to be a big expense. However, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your energy costs while also having a positive impact on the environment. In addition to evaluating your central heat and air conditioning system, there are other things in your home that need to be addressed.

  1. Install a central heat and air system that is energy-efficient. Older systems are not likely to be as efficient at operating or at producing the quality conditioned air needed to keep your home comfortable.
  2. Learn what types of regular maintenance or service you need to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently. The services from ARS ® Universal can help you keep your heating and cooling system operating at peak performance.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat and learn the right way to use it. If used appropriately, it can reduce the amount of fuel or energy that is used while no one is home, helping to save you money and lower your impact on the planet.
  4. Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors where air may be coming in or escaping. Also seal the duct work to prevent conditioned air from escaping into areas where it isn't needed.
  5. When installing a new HVAC system, get professional help in making the right choice. If you are going to make a significant investment in a new system, make sure you are getting the system that you have in mind for the right reasons.
  6. Work with a qualified, experienced heating and cooling contractor. Where you purchase your equipment and the quality of the installation are just as important as the type of equipment you buy.
  7. Know when it's time for a change. An outdated air conditioner and heater that doesn't do an effective job is not saving you money. It is probably costing you a lot more than the quality of air it is delivering in your home. With financing available from many suppliers, purchasing a new heating and cooling system may be a lot more affordable than you think.
  8. Get a professional evaluation of your system. If you don't know what the condition of your HVAC system is, then rely on professionals who do. It is hard to guess at what your system needs to optimize performance when you don't know what condition it is in.

From the time an air conditioning and heating system is installed, providing it with regular maintenance should become a habit that you follow faithfully. A well-maintained system will provide you with longer, higher-quality services that you and your family will enjoy. To learn more, call us at 678-369-9882.


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