New Year’s resolutions are usually about improving one’s life: lose weight, exercise, have more fun, earn more money and so on. But what if this New Year we also resolve to be more environmentally careful? In other words, to be more clean & green. We can start by looking to reduce the carbon footprint of our home air conditioning system. Here’s how.
- Check Your Thermostat: Installing a programmable thermostat is a very affordable way to green up an air conditioning system. It will allow you to switch your AC system off when you’re away from home, but ensure that it is up and running when you get home. This saves both money and electricity, thus reducing your overall carbon footprint.
- Regular Maintenance: Air Conditioning professionals should inspect and service your system at least once each year. AC Maintenance includes testing refrigerant pressure, accessing the unit’s airflow and checking for leaks. The AC specialist may also recommend modifications to increase the system’s energy efficiency.
- Size Matters: If your AC system is too big for the area it needs to impact, it won’t be able to perform efficiently. It will run in short cycles and be much less effective in removing humidity. A right sized unit is more efficient. Also if you have any changes to your ductwork make sure that new calculations are run to right size your unit.
- Time to Say Goodbye: Believe it or not, more than 89 million heating and cooling systems in the U.S. were installed over ten years ago. These systems operate well below the environmental and energy efficiency standards that are in place today. Replacing your older unit with a newer, more environmentally friendly system, will reduce your carbon footprint and save you money on your utility bill.
- Consider an Upgraded Heat Pump: If you can get a new heat pump with a variable speed fan that is a nice change. Variable speed fans boost efficiency of your air conditioning system.
While going totally green might seem extreme, these simple AC system tips will help you do your part for our planet. If you have any questions, want to schedule maintenance, or are torn between HVAC repair and replacement, don’t hesitate to contact Custom Climate Concepts at (941) 955-COOL (2665).