Going Green?

Going green is not only good for your wallet, but it is also a great way to do your part for the environment. A typical HVAC system uses half of a home’s energy, and with the right steps, we can reduce that bill up to 30%. Imagine how costly it could be if your machine is not running efficiently. Maintenance is the first step in going green with your HVAC system, a bi-annual tune up should be performed by a trained HVAC specialist. The tune up should be performed in the spring and in the fall to ensure the air conditioner and heater are running efficient and safe, once you have taken the steps to have a tune up twice a year, you can then take further steps to maintain an environmentally friendly home

Follow these tips from Forced Aire to maintain an environmentally friendly home:

  • Use a programmable thermostat –A programmable thermostat will allow you to set your system to run only when you are using it.
  • Use pleated air filters –Pleated air filters are more efficient and can keep your system clean.
  • Plant trees and shrubs –Use vegetation to shade your air conditioning system, but be careful not to block airflow.
  • Have your Forced Aire team clean your coils –Clean the coils at least every 6 months to ensure they don’t become damaged or clogged which can become much more costly.
  • Properly insulate your home –Check the attic and crawl space to ensure there is proper insulation.
  • Energy Star and SEER – If you are replacing your unit, talk to our technicians about SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) machines, Energy Star, and government rebates.
  • Recycle –If you are getting rid of an old unit instead of throwing it out, try recycling it. Check out recycle-steel.org or earth911.org for more details.
  • Weatherstrip your windows and doors
  • Do not place heat producing appliances near thermostats –Appliances, such as TV’s and lamps, can produce enough heat to “fool” your thermostat. This can keep your machine running much longer than needed.
  • Another key thing to remember is that new units are using a more environmentally friendly refrigerant, R-410A, instead of the original R-22. This change has been mandated by the government to help the Earth’s atmosphere. This different refrigerant also cuts down on costs.

    You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for energy efficiency. The options today allow you to have low costs, cool homes, and green options. For more data on the refrigerant modification or on how you’ll save cash on your next energy bill, contact your local Forced Aire.