If your heating and cooling is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it with a more efficient system. There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not to repair or replace a system, such as your age the overall cost of investment at the initial purchase price of the costs of long-term operation and utility rates. You should contact your local utility company to see if there are any discounts available to replace your existing system. It also can say about the state refunds.
Conserve energy without sacrificing comfort
Rising utility costs and energy in general are the concerns of most of the current owners. Fortunately, you can save money while being "green" by installing a thermostat Smart. Programmable thermostats can adjust the temperature when home or away.
When the desired temperature is set, head to your local garden center to pick up some trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning unit. Just make sure the foliage is at least three feet away from the unit so they do not block the airflow. Adding foliage around your home will reduce energy consumption and therefore put more money in your pocket. Also, check your attic, basement or cellar to make sure they are properly insulated. A well-insulated space reduces the energy demand of your home.
Save money with digital thermostats
Heating systems and air conditioning use more energy in a home. One way to keep costs under control is to install a digital thermostat.
This simple device can automatically change the temperature of a home while the occupants are absent or asleep for optimum energy efficiency. For every degree a thermostat is set back over a period of eight hours (or during the cooling season), the Energy saving is equal to one percent. Set the thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours you are away or asleep and the savings can reach up to 15 percent.
"Digital thermostats are easier to configure and calibrate than older models," says Matt Nolen, co-owner of Aire Serv® franchise River Cities."
And you do not have to go out and change the memory of the thermostat when you leave the house. "
Three types of digital programmable thermostats
A 5 + 2 model has set a schedule for weekdays and one for weekends. The model has a stage 5-1-1 Monday through Friday, one for Saturday and one Sunday. The flexible model allows 7 days a different daily schedule with up to four different temperatures and periods of time each day. Some more advanced units run diagnostic programs and can tell the owners information as when to change the air filter. There are even units that begin warming (or cooling) early so that the preset temperature is reached at the desired time. A local expert at Aire Serv can help in the selection and installation of the best model for your home.
Eight Tips Home Energy Saving
1. Change system filter every month to help it function properly.
2. Install a programmable thermostat. The temperature increase of 2 degrees to 5 degrees for eight hours you're at work can result in energy savings. (Do not turn off the system completely, more energy is needed to cool a hot house.) In the summer months, it is only set to as high as is comfortable.
3. Install an attic fan. You can remove hot air from the attic so the air conditioning does not have to work so hard.
4. Relocate the air conditioning unit in the shade. A unit operating in the shade uses up to 10 percent less electricity than one in the sun.
5. Use the ceiling fan only when you are in the room. Running the fan does not lower the temperature, but increases evaporation from the skin to help you feel cooler.
6. Keep lamps, televisions and other heat producing appliances away from the thermostat.
7. Close the blinds on the southwest side of the home during the day.
The closure of 8. Avoid vents in unused rooms. Refrigeration systems are designed to cool the entire house. Closing the vents can cause cooling coils inside to freeze.
Ways to beat the high cost of cooling this summer
Summer it means the implementation of the air conditioning system of your home. Unfortunately, it can also heat bills utilities. Aire Serv energy audit offers these tips:
- First, they have the system checked by a professional to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency.
- Second, check the level of insulation in the exterior walls and basement ceilings, attic, floors and crawl spaces. Check for holes or cracks around windows and doors and open fireplaces shots. Also, look out for unsealed ducts in attic spaces, basement and crawl.
- Third, make sure nothing is blocking the return air inlet system, such as furniture or a rug. This could reduce the performance of the air conditioner. Finally, look for ways to use natural light to reduce the time your lights are on, and replace light bulbs with bulbs, high efficiency and new lamps.