We can all benefit from saving money where we can. An easy way to do so is by improving energy efficiency throughout your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or installing a smart thermostat, for example, offers more control over your HVAC system, contributing to a more energy-efficient home and savings on your monthly energy bills.  

Read on to learn more about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home enhancements. 

 1. Use a Smart Thermostat  

If you still use a round-dial thermostat and control it manually, consider taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which contains a number of features to make your home more energy efficient. 

The functionality homeowners like the most is being able to adjust their smart thermostats from anywhere by using their smartphone or other smart device. For instance, when you forget to use your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can just use your smartphone and make any needed adjustments.  

Similar to a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat enables you to set up a schedule for your home’s temperature according to the time of day and day of the week so you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. Smart thermostats also have the capacity to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient adjustments. They also create monthly energy reports that show how much energy you’re using and when so you can make changes to save money.  

If you’re wondering how to obtain a free smart thermostat, ask your utility company to find out if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats offered. 

2. Routine HVAC Maintenance 

Unfortunately, many homeowners often forget to have their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this might not seem like a problem, inadequate maintenance could produce a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan. 

With an HVAC maintenance service, the technician is going to evaluate your HVAC system, clean key components, and pinpoint minor problems before they lead to bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance keeps HVAC systems working at optimal condition, which means they use less energy to heat and cool your home. This can lower your energy bills, expand the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and lead to fewer repairs. 

We suggest two HVAC tune ups each year – one during the spring before summer and one during the fall before the arrival of frigid weather. 

3. Replacing Your Aging, Inefficient HVAC Equipment 

Annoyingly, like all appliances, HVAC systems have a shelf life and eventually need to be replaced. Modern heaters and cooling equipment is much more effective than equipment produced just over a decade ago. Thankfully, quality HVAC companies like Ameri-Tec can handle professional services including furnace installation in Narvon.  

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can last approximately 15-20 years. If your system is within that period of time, it is often be a good idea to replace them ahead of time to minimize the risk of untimely breakdowns that can leave you cold and uncomfortable on a cold winter night. If your system is about 15 years old and has a problem that needs an expensive repair, it’s usually time to replace it. Per the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a new HVAC system could save you between 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll recoup some of the costs of buying a new system. 

 A professional HVAC technician can help you identify the most energy efficient HVAC system on the market. For the most part, look for HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, meaning the equipment satisfies strict guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are some of the most efficient systems around, offering both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is used for heating systems and illustrates how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, meanwhile, is used to calculate the energy efficiency of air conditioning systems.  

Contact a reputable HVAC provider like Ameri-Tec for air conditioning installation in Narvon. 

 4. Look for Energy-Efficient Air Filters 

When you’re looking for new HVAC filters, consider that not all air filters are capable of providing the same results. Specific air filters are far more efficient than others, leading to lower energy bills and a cleaner home environment. 

The effectiveness of HVAC air filters is scored by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges between 1-20; the higher the number, the more effective the filters are. It’s worthwhile to note, however, that high-efficiency air filters can in fact restrict airflow too much based on the type of HVAC system you own. It’s important to study the owner’s manual before getting a filter to find the best option for your system.