How to Make Your Home More Sustainable

Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

An HVAC system can account for about 40% of a home’s energy consumption, meaning it singlehandedly takes up most of your energy. Your unit is constantly being used whether it’s to heat your home in the fall and winter or cool your home in the spring and summer. You can take steps to reduce how much energy you consume through your HVAC with some eco-friendly tips.

While you may be picking up new eco-friendly habits, you don’t have to give up comfort. Here are some tips to make your system more efficient and sustainable while keeping your home comfortable for the whole family.

1. Change Your AC and Heating Filter

One piece of advice that we can’t stress enough is to change your home’s air filter regularly. Air filters should be changed every 1 to 3 months depending on the size and type of filter your system needs.

Changing your filter on a schedule allows your system to work efficiently without having to overwork. Since filters catch particles like dust and dirt, air still has to flow though, so if the filter is full, air can’t flow through properly, making your system less sustainable.

2. Always Get Repairs

Although you may feel tempted to hold off on getting needed repairs for your unit, we suggest against it. The longer you wait to repair your HVAC, the less sustainable it will be. Most modern heating and cooling systems can be set to automatically kick on once your home reaches a certain temperature. However, when there’s a problem, the system can’t properly do its job.

Always schedule repairs as soon as possible so that your system doesn’t lose efficiency.

3. Seal Leaks In Ductwork

According to Energy Star, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through ductwork gets lost from poor connection, leaks, and holes. A properly sealed and well-designed duct system will make your home more energy-efficient and safe.

4. Clean Outdoor Coils

Over time, the parts on your HVAC get dirty and need to be cleaned like the outdoor unit coils. The coils should be cleaned to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. The fan on your unit draws in debris and dirt, and after a while, the coils build up that dirt. We recommend cleaning them often, after a storm, or seasonally.

5. Opt for a Tankless Water Heater

Tank water heaters are most commonly used to heat water in homes and are becoming more efficient as technology advances. However, they are not as efficient as tankless water heaters. A high-quality tankless water heater can cost much less than a tank heater, and installation costs can also sometimes be lower than installing a tank heater.

Tankless water heaters are great because they take up less space and are powered by electricity. If you’re concerned about a power outage, you can get a solar battery to power it!

6. Upgrade Your HVAC System

If you’re living with an older HVAC unit in your home, you may want to consider looking into purchasing a new one. HVAC systems usually last between 15 and 20 years but can last longer with proper care and maintenance. But if you haven’t had regular maintenance and repairs when needed, then it may be time to upgrade. An older system is less sustainable since they typically use more energy to function.

7. Get Maintenance and Repairs with AirCon Service Company

Making your home more sustainable can take time and sometimes a little help. Our team at AirCon Service Company can help you find the right system that not only fits your home but is also sustainable. Give us a call at (281) 823-8771 for more information and to schedule an appointment with someone from our team!