Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling — and reduce environmental emissions — from 20%-50%.
- Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, and — depending on the season — raise or lower the set point when you’re sleeping or away from home.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
- Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
- Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- During summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.
Long -Term Savings Tips
- Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
- For furnaces, look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but there are ENERGY STAR® models on the market that exceed 90% AFUE. For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14.5 SEER or more.
Our State Licensed Comfort Consultant will work with you to make an informed choice when it comes to purchasing new heating and cooling equipment. We can help you get the BEST quality products for the most reasonable prices available. Call now and ask for a Free In-Home Consultation. Give us 1 hour and we will provide you with No High Pressure Sales, just plain straight talk to educate you on your options based on your budget and needs.
No brand of furnace or air conditioner is any better than the other. The installation of the equipment is the most important thing you should consider not the brand name on the front. We know this, so we provide constant ongoing training of each and every employee to ensure that each and every installation we do is correct. Warranty and service after the sale are also important. We provide what we believe is the best warranties in the industry. Many of the units we sell come with a Lifetime Unit Replacement warranty. Service after the sale well its as easy as 515-262-8055. Call now I bet someone answers.
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