4 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

December 19, 2022

We can all benefit from saving money where we can. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is by improving energy efficiency throughout your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or installing a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC equipment, leading to a more energy-efficient home and lower monthly energy bills.

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

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

If you still use a round-dial thermostat and access it manually, think about taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which includes several features to improve your home's energy efficiency.

The functionality homeowners enjoy the most is having the ability to access their smart thermostats from anywhere through their smartphone or other smart device. For example, if you forget to use your thermostat before taking a vacation, you can simply use your smartphone and make the necessary adjustment.

Like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat allows you to schedule your home’s temperature determined by the time of day and day of the week so you’re not cooling or heating an empty house. Smart thermostats also offer the capacity to learn your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient modifications. They can even generate monthly energy reports that show how much energy you are using and when so you can make changes to reduce costs.

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

2. HVAC Tune Ups

Unfortunately, many homeowners often forget to have their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this may not seem important, ignoring maintenance will sometimes lead to a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan.

During an HVAC maintenance service, your technician will inspect your HVAC system, clean important components, and catch minor problems before they lead to bigger, more expensive repair issues. Maintenance can keep HVAC systems functioning at optimal condition, which means less energy is needed to heat and cool your home. This can lower your energy bills, expand the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and contribute to fewer repairs.

We suggest two HVAC tune ups each year – one during the spring before summer and another during the fall before the arrival of frigid weather.

3. Replacing Your Aging, Inefficient HVAC Equipment

Unfortunately, like all appliances, HVAC systems have a shelf life and eventually need to be replaced. Modern heaters and cooling systems are much more effective than equipment manufactured just over 10 years ago. Fortunately, quality HVAC companies like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can handle professional services such as furnace installation in Genoa.

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can last approximately 15-20 years. If your system is within that timeframe, it might be a good idea to replace them ahead of time to avoid premature equipment failure that can leave you cold and uncomfortable if it’s a cold winter night. If your equipment is approaching 15 years old and requires an expensive repair, it’s definitely time to replace it. As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy, getting a new HVAC system can sometimes save you approximately 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 determine the most energy efficient HVAC system available. As a general rule of thumb, try to find HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, which means the equipment satisfies rigid guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems are often some of the most efficient systems around, boasting both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, on the other hand, is used to measure the efficiency of cooling equipment.

Call a reputable HVAC provider like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air for air conditioning installation in Genoa.

4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters

If 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, contributing to lower energy bills and a clean home.

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is illustrated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges from 1-20; the higher the number, the more effective the filters are. It’s relevant to note, however, that high-efficiency air filters can in fact restrict airflow too much according to the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s important to review the owner’s manual before getting a filter to determine the ideal model for your system.