This Sunday, April 22nd, marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day. On this day many people try to focus on ways to be more efficient, conserve natural resources and make this world a better place to live. At Airteam, we are a huge supporter of energy efficiency and caring for our planet and keeping it beautiful for generations to come.
One of the best things you can do to improve energy efficiency in your home is to invest in energy star certified products. Appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, stovetops and microwaves all have various features but none is more important that being energy star certified.
The appliance that uses the most electricity in your home is your HVAC system. Upgrading an older unit to a more advanced and energy efficient unit can do wonders for your electric bill and use electricity more efficiently which helps conservation efforts. If you aren’t how to go about choosing the proper energy efficient HVAC system, we have you covered with our Earth Day HVAC buying guide.
Before we get into that though, let’s focus on some responsible things that anyone can do to reduce energy consumption whether you need a new HVAC or not.
Things You Can Do To Conserve Energy
- Let The Sun Shine: It’s more than just a catchy tune, sunshine has many health and cleansing benefits for your home. Take advantage of it by opening blinds on all your windows and patio doors. Sunlight is a natural source of UV light which has anti-microbial properties and will help your home smell fresh too!
- Get The Good Light: Traditional light bulbs only use 10 to 15% of the electricity they consume to actually produce light—the rest is all just heat, which makes your HVAC work harder. Make the switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. LED light bulbs give a better and brighter light, yet use a fraction of the electricity incandescent bulbs do and last over five times as long.
- Tighten Up Your House: The older your home is the more likely you are to experience leaks around doors windows and other seals in your home. Tighten the perimeter up by caulking and adding weather-stripping as needed to seal up leaks. This is a low investment, high return project that you will see benefits from immediately.
- Be Mindful Of Waste: You don’t have to have money for improvements to do your part on Earth Day and every day. Just remember to turn off all lights, appliances and electronic devices not being used. You can make good use of a universal power strip and connect multiple devices that you don’t always need on 24/7, so they can be shut down all at once without worry.
- Fire Up The Grill: You can use the mild weather to your advantage and use your outdoor grill as an outdoor oven versus warming up the entire house.
- Use Your Fans: In the mild springs of Texas, you can cool your home to the same level as an HVAC would by using ceiling fans and open windows. Keep in mind fans cool people, not rooms so leave your fan off before you leave to conserve electricity.
Keep in mind, this is just a sampling of things you can do to be more conscious and purposeful in caring for our planet. One of the most energy efficient things you can do for your home is upgrade to a new energy efficient HVAC system from Airteam. The problem is many people don’t realize how to go about getting the proper system for their home, nor do they realize the benefits.
Airteam’s Earth Day HVAC Buyers Guide
If your HVAC system is over 12 years old, you might find that it doesn’t seem to cool as well or as evenly. You may even be making repairs more frequently or noticing coolant leakages often. The best approach to this problem is a proactive one, rather than letting your system die.
Often if you wait, it seems like sheer irony that your system will die on the hottest day of a Houston summer, leaving you in a really sticky situation—literally. Replacing an aging, inefficient system with one of our trusted Trane® systems can save you hundreds per year on utilities. Systems like the Trane®XV20i TruComfort™ keep your house comfortable without costing as much or working as hard as your old unit.
Of course we are well aware that a new HVAC system is not a small investment—it’s not a project you get into if you are only motivated by the lowest price.
We can offer you all the options to fit your needs and preferences—and we even make it affordable, with discounts and manufacturer rebates, or financing options to suit every household.
Before you make a move on a new HVAC system there is a process you should follow to ensure you get the right system for your budget.
Consider The Components
An HVAC system works at peak performance with equally good components. Thermostats should at least be programmable and smart thermostats are preferred as they are the best at efficiency. Ductwork needs to be properly sealed and your home must be properly insulated. Before you even contact one of our consultants you need to see where you stand on this list as some of these could be a major contributor to your problem. It is best to just have an HVAC professional come out and inspect your current system and components and then proceed based on their findings.
Size It Up
When shopping for a fuel efficient unit it is easy to get tempted into buying a system that is far too large for your square footage. Due to flawed logic, there are many people buying bigger, more expensive units than they need. Not only will this cost you more initially, but in the end it will end up costing more as a bigger unit in a significantly smaller home would cycle on and off way too much spiking electricity usage—and actually making your home more uncomfortable.
Choose Your System
If your HVAC technician believes it is indeed time for an upgrade, your best bet is to contact one of our consultants to see about rebates, tax credits and other incentives to replace. Good information on that can also be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Selecting and Replacing Heating and Cooling.
While it can be feasible to only replace the air conditioner or the furnace when only one component has failed; this option is not a good one for a unit several years old. Old and new parts typically do not work together and labor would cost a lot more even if they did. All in all an entirely brand new system would last longer, and without any issues.
Either way, no matter what path you choose—your new unit will still save you a significant amount of money.
Leave It to the Professionals At Airteam
Improper installation is one of the largest causes of HVAC system failure or performance degradation. In some cases it can cut your system’s efficiency by as much as 30%. So essentially it would cancel out the savings you’d receive from the new HVAC system.
The best way to avoid a situation like this is to contact Airteam today and schedule and appointment to evaluate your current system and present you with real options that will deliver in efficiency and savings. Our technicians are licensed and bonded and we have over 25 years of unparalleled service to this community. Get in touch with us today!