3 Tips To Make Your Home's HVAC System More Environmentally Friendly

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Green remodeling can not only help you save on your energy bills, but it can also help the environment. One area that you can focus on as part of your remodeling project is how your home is heated and cooled. Whether you want to completely overhaul your HVAC system to make it more efficient or just want to make minor changes, there are a lot of ways you can make your home greener.

Boost Your Attic's Insulation

As the temperatures outside your home rise, more heat becomes trapped in the attic. The hot air then helps to warm your home, which results in your air conditioner working harder to keep the home cool. The more work your air conditioner puts in, the higher your energy costs will be. To help keep the hot air in your attic from entering your home, add more insulation in the attic. The additional insulation is a relatively inexpensive project that can help keep your energy bills down.

Install Ceiling Fans

You probably know that ceiling fans can help circulate cool air during the warm summer months, but did you know they can also be useful in the winter months? When the ceiling fan's blades circulate in a counterclockwise direction, they can help to push warm air throughout your home. This means less work for your heating system. In the summer, ensure you switch the blades to running in a clockwise direction to keep cool air from the air conditioner circulating.

Look at the SEER Rating

Whether or not it is time for a new air conditioner, it might be worth it to consider upgrading to a newer model. Newer models tend to have a higher efficiency than previous versions. According to the Department of Energy, you could potentially save up to 40 percent on your energy costs if your air conditioner is 10 years old and you are upgrading to a new one.

When looking for a new air conditioner, it is important to pay attention to the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. An air conditioner with a SEER rating of 13 or higher is recommended. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is.

There are other methods of remodeling your cooling system and its related components to save on your energy bills. Talk to a professional, like Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning, for tips and to get an assessment of your current system.


1 June 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.