4 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

December 19, 2022

We can all benefit from saving money here and there. One of the easiest ways to do this is by improving energy efficiency in your home. Upgrading your HVAC equipment or installing a smart thermostat, for example, gives you more control over your HVAC equipment, leading to a more energy-efficient home and savings on your monthly energy bills.

Continue below to learn more about 4 ways you can make energy-efficient home enhancements.

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

If you still use an older thermostat and control it manually, think about taking a step toward the future by installing a smart, or Wi-Fi, thermostat – which contains numerous features to assist with energy efficiency.

The function homeowners enjoy the most is having the capability to adjust their smart thermostats from wherever through their smartphone or other smart device. For instance, in situations where you forget to adjust your thermostat before leaving for vacation, you can just pull out your smartphone and make any needed adjustments.

Like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat enables you to pre-set your home’s temperature determined by the time of day and day of the week so you’re not spending energy on an empty house. Smart thermostats also feature the capacity to understand your temperature preferences over time and automatically make energy-efficient modifications. They can even create monthly energy reports that show how much energy you've used and when so you can make changes to save money.

If you’re wondering how to get a free smart thermostat, ask your utility company to learn if there are any discounts or free smart thermostats available.

2. HVAC Tune Ups

Sadly, some homeowners often forget about having their heating and cooling systems maintained. While this does not seem like a huge deal, a lack of maintenance can lead to a number of issues, including inefficiency, breakdowns, and a shorter system lifespan.

When performing an HVAC maintenance service, a heating and cooling technician should examine your HVAC system, clean important components, and identify minor problems before they lead to bigger, more expensive repair issues. Tune ups keep HVAC systems running in optimal condition, which means less energy is needed to heat and cool your home. This could also reduce your energy bills, expand the lifespan of HVAC equipment, and contribute to fewer repairs.

We recommend two HVAC tune ups annually – once during the spring before summer and one during the fall before the arrival of frigid weather.

3. Upgrading Your Aging, Inefficient HVAC Equipment

Regretfully, like any appliance, HVAC systems can't run forever and inevitably need to be replaced. New heaters and cooling products are much more energy efficient than models manufactured just over a decade ago. Thankfully, local HVAC companies like KDM Service Corporation can offer professional services such as furnace installation in Tuscaloosa.

Well-maintained furnaces and air conditioners can run for approximately 15-20 years. If your system is within that span, it is often be a good idea to replace them ahead of time to prevent premature equipment failures that can leave you cold and uncomfortable on a cold winter night. If your equipment is approaching 15 years old and requires an expensive repair, it’s usually time to replace the system. As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading to a new HVAC system can save you approximately 20-40% on your monthly energy bills, so you’ll get back some of the costs of putting in a new system.

A professional heating and cooling technician can help you determine the most energy efficient HVAC system for your needs. In general, seek out HVAC systems that are Energy Star certified, indicating the equipment satisfies rigid guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LENNOX HVAC systems can be some of the most efficient systems available, offering both high AFUE and SEER ratings. AFUE is intended for heating systems and measures how well they convert fuel to heat. SEER, on the other hand, is used to quantify the energy efficiency of cooling equipment.

Call a reputable HVAC provider like KDM Service Corporation for air conditioning installation in Tuscaloosa.

4. Use Energy-Efficient Air Filters

The next time you’re looking for new HVAC filters, remember that not all air filters are created equally. Specific air filters are far more efficient than others, leading to lower energy bills and cleaner indoor air.

The efficiency of HVAC air filters is scored by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV scale ranges from 1-20; the higher the number, the more effective the filters are. It’s worthwhile to note, though, that high-efficiency air filters can actually impede airflow too much according to the type of HVAC system you installed. It’s worthwhile to study the owner’s manual before getting a filter to find the best option for your system.