Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Energy Efficiency at Home: Atlanta GA Heating and Cooling Tips to Save Money, HVAC | Heating, Air Conditioning Marietta GA | 770-444-9142

Get HVAC “tune-ups.” Just as your car motor needs regular maintenance, having a qualified HVAC professional service your system annually before each heating and cooling season will ensure optimal performance and help prevent costly repair or replacement bills. Close the fireplace damper when not in use. Consider replacing it with a more efficient heat source and blocking it off if desired. If your air conditioner or furnace has seen better days, replace it with an ENERGY STAR® model. The higher the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for an air conditioner, the more energy efficient it is. With furnaces, an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of at least 90 percent is best. Not only will these tips help save on your bill each month, but in some situations, you may even be able to claim a tax credit for your new appliance. Do your homework before buying any new system. Consumers have many newer, efficient options to choose from, such as heat pumps and biofuel stoves. Ensure your HVAC system is properly sized. Undersized units run more in an effort to keep up, leading to higher bills, increased energy use, and strain that leads to more repair and quicker replacement. On the other hand, oversized units short cycle. Especially with air conditioners, short cycling can mean humidity isn’t removed, the house stays uncomfortable, and more energy is used. Again, it will also require more repairs and quicker replacement. Have a professional size your system using the Manual J, or at least calculate the proper size using a calculator that takes various factors into consideration. Close doors and avoid heating or cooling unused rooms. If you use central heating and air, never close off more than a couple of vents, however, to prevent a buildup of pressure that could damage the ducts or appliance. Ensure return air vents can draw air freely to prevent smothering the appliance and lowering the HVAC efficiency. Use space heaters to spot-heat areas when the outdoor temperatures don’t merit turning on the furnace. An efficient space heater can also boost the warmth in a given area, such as a child’s room, while keeping the temperature lower in the rest of the home. Choose space heaters carefully, looking for efficiency and a safe operating design. Keep air conditioners - both central and window units - in the shade. Trim down grass and remove debris that may smother it. Both tips will help the air conditioners operate more efficiently. Buy a snake, monkey, or similar animal. Not a real one - a draft-stopping one to set in front of your entry door. It will prevent warm or cool air from leaking to the outside. HVAC Marietta GA

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this information. Lately, it seems like my HVAC system is working a lot harder than it used to. I'll be sure to follow these efficiency tips. I really want to lower my energy bill back to what it used to be.

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