No matter what the temperature outside, families want to be comfortable inside their homes. Alpine Temperature Control is a leader in energy efficient heating and cooling systems, making sure home and business owners can maintain their spaces without wasting excess energy or dollars. Keep more hard earned cash by following these guidelines concerning choosing and maintaining a heating and cooling unit.
Choosing Your System
When shopping for a new heating and cooling system, look for those that have earned the Energy Star certification. These systems meet strict standards set by the EPA, use less energy, and cost less to operate. Whether choosing a boiler, furnace, central unit, or heat pump, the Energy Star seal assures consumers are getting an energy efficient product.
Consumers can take easy steps to trim energy costs. Check air filters monthly, and change at least every 3 months. This will ensure proper air-flow and prevent dust and allergen build-up. Keep thermostats set on 78 degrees in the summer months, and use ceiling fans in occupied rooms to lower cooling costs. Tune thermostats to 68 degrees in the cooler months. Families who are away from home on a regular basis should consider a programmable thermostat to further reduce costs.
Regular maintenance is a critical part of ensuring equipment is running properly. Systems should be checked by a qualified HVAC technician regularly to address any immediate issues and prevent more costly, long term problems. Ensure drains are clear, as clogged drains can become a mold hazard. Make sure all ducts are properly sealed to prevent unnecessary energy loss, and check for leaks in more hidden areas such as basements, crawl spaces, or attics.
Home insulation is another area which should be considered when improving energy efficiency. Leaks around doors and windows are common culprits, and are easily detected as these areas may feel drafty. Install Energy Star certified windows to prevent energy loss. Check for holes in basements, crawl spaces, or attics before adding insulation to ensure it will work properly. With insulation, higher R-values mean better ability to resist heat loss in the winter, and heat gain in the summer.
Heating and cooling systems make up a large portion of energy bills, so it is important to keep these systems running efficiently. The biggest savings can be experienced through careful selection and regular maintenance from both the homeowner and HVAC technician. Contact us today for more information.
If you have questions, or would like to have your Heating and Cooling System proactively inspected, call Alpine Temperature Control at 435-673-5746 today!