Friday, January 13th, 2012 by Tay Wright
As the weather fluctuates, so does your home's HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning) system. Cold winter and hot summer days can place a real strain on any HVAC, and that's why it's important to ensure that your system is working effectively and efficiently. In doing so, you can reduce energy bills and your carbon footprint.
How to Drastically Reduce Energy Bills
Did you know that nearly 50% of the average MA and CT homeowner's energy expenses goes towards heating and cooling? Although it may seem like high percentage, it's true! The energy used for lighting, refrigeration, electronics, and appliances combined typically does not surpass the energy required for heating and cooling. That's why it's vital to maintain your HVAC system and, if your budget allows, upgrade to an energy-efficient model. Doing so could reduce your annual heating and cooling costs by more than 30%! Simply contact a heating and cooling expert in Massachusetts or Connecticut to start saving right away.
Heating & Cooling Types
There are many types of home heating systems available in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including radiant heating, forced air heating, solar heating, heat pumps, geothermal, electric, gas, oil, and wood heating. Cooling systems, on the other hand, include portable air conditioners, central air conditioners, ductless air conditioners, and evaporative air conditioners. All of these MA and CT heating and cooling systems can be upgraded to be more energy-efficient models, helping to make your home more comfortable and your energy bills less expensive!
Quick Control over your HVAC System
A great way to quickly and easily control your HVAC system is with a programmable thermostat. A homeowner can program this type of thermostat with time and temperature settings to help reduce energy use during certain hours of the day. For example, if you have an older, non-programmable thermostat and forget to turn off the heat when you leave for work or go to sleep at night, the heat will run at the desired temperature all day (or night), without you being able to enjoy it. But with a programmable thermostat, you can set the HVAC system to run at a desired temperature -- or even turn off -- during certain hours of the day. Programming your heating and/or cooling times will help you save money, energy, and reduce your carbon footprint.
The Importance of Sealing and Insulation
Even the best, most energy-efficient HVAC system will only be as effective as the home's insulation and air sealing. Insulation is vital in all MA and CT homes because it slows the transfer of heat. This means that less heat will escape from your home during the winter, and, during the summer, less heat will move from the hot outdoors to the inside of your home. Air sealing is also important, as it helps to increase overall comfort in the home, reduce drafts, and lower monthly energy bills. When combined with an energy-efficient HVAC system, a fully insulated and sealed home is the most effective way to weatherize your home and reduce heating and cooling bills! So don’t wait, contact Dr. Energy Saver CTMA today with your questions regarding HVAC repair in Granby, Ct and its surrounding locations.