Energy Saving Tips
West Mifflin, North Huntingdon, Elizabeth Township, Baldwin & Whitehall, PA
Energy conservation starts at your front door. As a property owner and smart consumer, you’re looking for simple solutions to rising utility costs. With a small amount of time and effort, some minor changes can add up to noticeable savings.
Start by opening and closing your drapes. Keep them open to take advantage of the sun’s warmth on a winter’s day, but shut them at night over those chilly glass panes. Try the opposite in summer. Close shades and curtains to prevent the sun’s heat, but consider opening windows and doors to take advantage of a cool breeze through an installed screen.
Ductwork that carries air to-and-from forced air furnaces, central A/C, and heat pumps is often a big energy-waster. Simply by sealing and insulating ducts, you’ll boost efficiency of your heating and cooling system by up to twenty percent. Contaminants, as much as forty pounds per year for an average six-room house, collects inside return ductwork. If you’re concerned about the condition of your HVAC ducts, call Edward L. Kemp Co. Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide custom ductwork and would be happy make sure your ducts are sealed and free of debris.
Is Your HVAC System Professionally Maintained?
No matter how you heat and cool your home, professionally maintained equipment performs more efficiently. Inspections and cleaning, when performed by certified technicians, keeps energy consumption at a minimum, and reduces potential repairs by up to 50%.
On your own, you can clean or replace air filters monthly. Make sure warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators are cleaned regularly and not hindered by drapes, furniture or rugs.
A programmable thermostat is a convenient way to set your home temperature for when you family is typically away from home or asleep. By setting your thermostat back as little as seven to ten degrees Fahrenheit, eight hours a day, you’ll enjoy a ten percent savings each year on heating and cooling.
Always, when shopping for HVAC equipment, look for ENERGY STAR labeled models. The national minimum AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating for heating equipment is 78%, but ENERGY STAR labeled models offer AFUE ratings above 90%. A 90% AFUE for a gas furnace equals an output of 90 BTUs useful heat for 100 BTUs of Natural Gas input. For air conditioning, SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) signifies the cooling output during a normal cooling season divided by the total electric energy input. The allowable minimum is 13 for central air, but the Carrier Infinity Series delivers up to 21 SEER.
For even more energy saving tips, call the professionals from Edward L. Kemp Co. Heating & Air Conditioning. Our heating and cooling specialists have the experience, training and knowledge to help you get the most our of your energy dollar.