April 22 is Earth Day, which we celebrate in recognition of the environmental movement started back in 1970. Taking steps to lower your HVAC energy use is an ideal way to celebrate the day, because this is the system that accounts for roughly half of your household energy consumption.

Here are some energy-saving ideas worth implementing:

Upgrade Inefficient Equipment

If your HVAC equipment is 10-15 years old or more, it can cost extra to operate due to an age-related gradual decline in efficiency and a low SEER rating. The new models available today offer energy saving options, like variable-speed and smart technology, as well as efficiency ratings of SEER 20 and better.

Give Your Ductwork Some TLC

If your ducts are leaking or not properly sealed and insulated, a significant amount of the conditioned air produced by your HVAC can be wasted. These losses can negatively affect your HVAC system’s overall efficiency and inflate your energy bills. Having your ductwork inspected and, if needed, have it replaced to help you save energy.

Maintain Your HVAC System

If you plan to keep your existing equipment, make sure it’s running at optimal efficiency by having it professionally maintained. You’ll have peace of mind that your HVAC components are tuned-up and in good working condition, and essential elements like the blower assembly, cooling coils and air filter are clean and ready for the coming cooling season.

Pay Attention to the Outdoor Unit

Ample airflow through the outdoor condenser coil plays a key role in the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, so it’s important to clean up the area around the cabinet. Rake up dead leaves and other yard debris, and trim back overgrown vegetation and landscape plantings to create two feet of clearance all around the unit.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Upgrading to a programmable model and establishing daily setback periods at night and when you’re normally away from home can trim your HVAC energy usage by as much as 10 percent a year.

To learn more energy-saving ideas for your Eastern North Carolina home or to schedule regular planned maintenance tune ups, contact us at Jackson & Sons.