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Energy Efficiency in Your New Home: Heating and Cooling

Posted on: May 27, 2012

More and more people are thinking about energy efficiency when shopping for homes these days, and heating and cooling is a major area where energy efficiency matters. Old heating and cooling systems may lack efficiency, so you may spend a ton of money trying to heat or cool your new home. An energy efficient heating and cooling system, on the other hand, can save you hundreds – or thousands – of dollars per year in energy costs, and it’s also good for the environment. What should you look for in an energy efficient heating and cooling system?

 

Install an Updated Energy Star System

If your home is more than 10 years old, you may benefit from having a new Energy Star HVAC system installed by professionals. A professional HVAC contractor can evaluate your existing system for efficiency. If you do install a new system, don’t skimp on professionals – correct, professional installation can affect the energy efficiency of your new system up to 30%.

 

Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts

Ducts that move air from your heating or cooling system to your rooms can be a big drain on your efficiency. Consider sealing and insulating your air ducts. Properly sealing and insulating your ducts can result in a boost of 20% energy efficiency – or more, in some cases.

 

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat enables you to keep your house at a comfortable temperature when you’re home, but lets you adjust the temperature when you’re at work or away – saving you cash on unnecessary heating or cooling. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save around $180 per year in energy costs.

 

Maintain Your System Properly

Even a good, energy-efficient heating and cooling system requires regular maintenance. Change your air filter regularly – every one to three months, depending on the season. Consider an annual tune up for your HVAC system – you can save a ton by ensuring that it’s operating properly, and get a jump on any maintenance areas or potential problems in the system.

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