What are Some Energy Saving Strategies for your HVAC System?
Keeping your Greenwood home environment comfortable is the primary job of your HVAC system, but it takes a lot of energy to heat and cool the air that circulates through the home. In fact, in many homes, the HVAC unit is the largest consumer of energy.
This means that homeowners who want to reduce energy consumption often focus their attention on climate-control energy costs as the first step in total home energy reduction efforts. By focusing your attention on a few key components of your HVAC system, you may be able to reduce energy consumption in your home considerably.
The Air Ducts
The air ducts are responsible for carrying the climate-controlled air from the HVAC unit to each room in the home. They can tear or develop leaks from wear and tear, age, pests and more. With even a single leak, air can escape from the ducts, forcing the HVAC unit to have to work harder to heat or cool your space. Repairing a leaky duct is a great way to improve energy efficiency with your system and to save money on an on-going basis.
Improving the insulation in the home is also a smart way to reduce energy consumption. Many homes have older insulation that does not have a high R-value. Others have insulation that has shifted in the walls so that it does not provide complete coverage. These factors can make the insulation less effective, and upgrading the insulation is an easy way to improve energy consumption without having to adjust your indoor climate or lifestyle.
If you are like most people, you may think that a change to the thermostat means that there will be a change to your comfort level in the home. Smart changes to a programmable thermostat, however, will not impact your comfort level at all. Adjust the temperature settings by a few additional degrees for those times when you are away from the house each day. In addition, a one-degree temperature change at night will often not be noticed by you, and this can add to the savings that you enjoy.
If your goal is to save money on energy costs around the house, you can see that there are some very effective ways to accomplish your goals that will not cramp your lifestyle or impact your comfort level. Your heating and cooling specialist can assist you with each of these steps, and there may be other steps that you can take with your specialist to enjoy greater savings for your Greenwood home.
Call Johnson Heating and Cooling, Inc. at (317) 881-7738 today to learn more about the options for your Greenwood, IN home.