As much as half of the energy used in your Indy home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
- When you purchase new household appliances, look for products that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines as set by the EPA and US
Department of Energy.
- If you look for a new home, a house that has earned the ENERGY STAR will save you money for years to come.
- If looking to make larger improvements to your home, the EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects designed to reduce your energy bills and improve your home’s comfort level.
Maintenance Checklist from ENERGY STAR
When it comes to maintaining your heating and cooling system, the ENERGY STAR website has some great suggestions on how to prevent problems as well as avoid costly repairs. Since Indianapolis heating and cooling companies such as Thiele are busiest in summer and winter, the spring and fall can be a perfect time to plan a check-up! A typical maintenance check-up should include the following:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
- Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
- Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
For more, check out the EnergyStar.gov website here.
Are you ready for your spring heating and cooling check-up? Contact Thiele today and get ready to enjoy your home comfort!
Call 317-639-1111 or contact us here.