4 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

December 19, 2022

We can all benefit from saving money here and there. An easy way to do so is by making some energy-efficient changes throughout your home. Upgrading your HVAC system or putting in a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC equipment, contributing to a more energy-efficient home and more affordable monthly energy bills.

Continue below to read about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home enhancements.

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

If you still use an older thermostat and access it manually, try taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which contains a number of features to make your home more energy efficient.

The feature homeowners enjoy the most is having the ability to access their smart thermostats from anywhere by using their smartphone or other smart device. For instance, if you forget to change your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can just use your smartphone and make the necessary adjustment.

Similar to a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat enables you to set up a schedule for your home’s temperature determined by the time of day and day of the week so you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. Smart thermostats also have the capacity to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient modifications. They can even create monthly energy reports that show how much energy you are using and when so you can make adjustments to save money.

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

2. HVAC Tune Ups

Unfortunately, some homeowners often forget about having their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this does not seem important, ignoring maintenance could produce a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan.

When performing an HVAC maintenance service, the technician will examine your HVAC system, clean key components, and pinpoint minor flaws before they produce bigger, more expensive repair issues. Tune ups keep HVAC systems functioning at optimal condition, which means they use less energy to heat and cool your home. This can reduce your energy bills, increase the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and contribute to fewer repairs.

We recommend two HVAC tune ups every year – once during the spring before summer and one during the fall before the arrival of winter weather.

3. Upgrading Your Old, Inefficient HVAC Equipment

Unfortunately, like any appliance, HVAC systems have a shelf life and ultimately need to be replaced. Newer heaters and cooling systems are much more efficient than equipment sold just over a decade ago. Luckily, local HVAC companies like Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can perform professional services such as furnace installation in Milledgeville and Middle Georgia.

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can live around 15-20 years. If your systems are within that timeframe, it can be a good idea to replace them now to avoid premature equipment failures that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your HVAC system is around 15 years old and needs an expensive repair, it’s almost always time to replace it. As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy, getting a new HVAC system could save you approximately 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll get back some of the costs of putting in a new system.

A professional heating and cooling technician can help you identify the most energy efficient HVAC system on the market. For the most part, look for HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, indicating the equipment satisfies strict guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are some of the most efficient systems on the market, offering both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is used for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, meanwhile, is used to measure the energy efficiency of cooling equipment.

Call a reputable HVAC provider like Air Concepts of Middle Georgia for air conditioning installation in Milledgeville and Middle Georgia.

4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters

The next time you’re shopping for new HVAC filters, remember that not all air filters are created equally. Certain air filters are far more efficient than others, resulting in lower energy bills and a clean home.

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is rated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges between 1-20; the higher the number, the more efficient the filters are. It’s important to note, though, that high-efficiency air filters can actually restrict airflow too much according to the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s important to review the owner’s manual before buying a filter to determine the right one for your system.