Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. It has grown into a global event recognized by countries all over the world. This special day is devoted to the planet’s environment and raises awareness about pollution.
Participating in Earth Day is simple. If you are looking for opportunities to shrink your carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider some improvements you can make to your HVAC system. Not only are these small changes great for the environment—they can also make a big difference in your monthly heating and cooling bills.
Here are just a few ways you can make your home heating and cooling strategy more eco-friendly:
Change your air filters. This is something you should already be doing on a regular basis. Earth Day is a great time to swap them out and establish a habit of changing them as recommended by the manufacturer.
Schedule an HVAC tune-up. A simple tune-up can help boost the energy efficiency of your system. It can also help you catch problems before they progress into something catastrophic.
Inspect your ductwork. Seal off any leaky areas. Leaky ducts are the most wasteful (and most common) problems in HVAC efficiency.
Replace your insulation. If you have not replaced your attic insulation for many years, it is a great time to evaluate if a replacement would help with efficiency.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can “set it and forget it.” You set the temperature based on the times you are normally home and your habits. Why waste energy heating or cooling a home when you aren’t there? Plus, programmable thermostats can save you around 15% on your energy bills.
Keep your thermostat a degree or two higher this summer. A small adjustment can have a big impact in the amount of energy saved.
If your HVAC system is 11 years old or older, replacing it may be the best way to boost your household energy efficiency. Many utility providers like Pepco or Washington Gas are offering great rebates for customers who upgrade to energy-efficient systems.
Some of these Earth Day solutions are simple DIY tasks, but others require a professional touch. If you need help getting more out of your heating and cooling system for your energy dollar, contact us. Show your love for the planet we call home!