4 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

December 19, 2022

We can all benefit from saving a few bucks from time to time. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by improving energy efficiency in your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or putting in a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC system, resulting in a more energy-efficient home and savings on your monthly energy bills.

Read on to learn more about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home improvements.

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

If you still use a round-dial thermostat and control it manually, think about taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which comes with numerous features to assist with energy efficiency.

The function homeowners enjoy the most is having the ability to control their smart thermostats from wherever with their smartphone or other smart device. For instance, in situations where you forget to use your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can easily use your smartphone and make the necessary adjustment.

Like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat allows you to set up a schedule for your home’s temperature based on the time of day and day of the week so you’re not cooling or heating an empty house. Smart thermostats also feature the ability to watch your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient modifications. They can even provide monthly energy reports that show how much energy you’re using and when so you can make modifications to save money.

If you’re wondering how to obtain a free smart thermostat, ask your utility company to learn if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats available to you.

2. HVAC Tune Ups

Unfortunately, some homeowners often forget to keep their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this might not seem like a problem, a lack of maintenance can produce a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan.

When performing an HVAC maintenance service, your technician will evaluate your HVAC system, clean necessary components, and identify minor problems before they lead to bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance keeps HVAC systems functioning at optimal condition, which means less energy is needed to heat and cool your home. This will reduce your energy bills, prolong the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and lead to fewer repairs.

We suggest two HVAC tune ups every year – one in the spring before summer and again in the fall before the arrival of frigid weather.

3. Upgrading Your Old, Inefficient HVAC Equipment

Regretfully, like any appliance, HVAC systems can't run forever and eventually need to be replaced. New heaters and cooling products are much more energy efficient than models sold just over a decade ago. Fortunately, local HVAC companies like HCE Systems Inc can handle professional services including furnace installation in Norton.

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can run for around 15-20 years. If the equipment is within that timeframe, it might be a good idea to replace them early to avoid untimely breakdowns that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your HVAC system is approaching 15 years old and requires an expensive repair, it’s usually time to replace the unit. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading to a new HVAC system can save you between 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll recover some of the costs of buying a new system.

A professional HVAC technician can help you find the most energy efficient HVAC system for your needs. In general, seek out HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, which means the equipment fulfills strict guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are some of the most efficient systems around, offering both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is used for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, in the meantime, is used to measure the efficiency of cooling equipment.

Call a reputable HVAC provider like HCE Systems Inc for air conditioning installation in Norton.

4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters

The next time you’re searching for new HVAC filters, keep in mind that not all air filters are the same. Certain air filters are far more efficient than others, contributing to lower energy bills and a cleaner home environment.

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is illustrated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges between 1-20; the higher the number, the more effective the filters are. It’s relevant to note, however, that high-efficiency air filters can actually obstruct airflow too much according to the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s worthwhile to read the owner’s manual before getting a filter to determine the right one for your system.