Did you know the average household spends more than $2,500 a year on energy bills? Nearly half of these energy costs go to heating and cooling. Did you know the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car?
Energy Star can help you make smart decisions about your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system that can help save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home, and help fight global warming.
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program that protects our environment with energy-efficient products and practices and helps us all save money and resources. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program can help give recommendations about energy-efficient equipment, getting a quality installation, HVAC maintenance, or ways to make your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently. Energy Star gives these rules for helping your equipment last longer and operate more efficiently:
- Maintain Your Equipment
- Keep your heating and cooling system at peak performance with preventative maintenance.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat Properly
- Learn how a programmable thermostat can help save money on heating and cooling costs.
- Seal Your Heating and Cooling Ducts
- Improve your home’s duct system to increase your HVAC system’s overall performance and efficiency.
- Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR
- Make your home more comfortable by learning how to seal hidden air leaks and add insulation as necessary.
- Making a Change? Choose the Right Equipment
- Know what to look for to get the most energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment.
- Work with a Heating and Cooling Contractor
- Learn how to choose the right contractor and what to expect from him or her.
- Get an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation
- Choose equipment that is properly sized for your home and make sure your contractor follows ENERGY STAR guidelines for a quality installation.
In future blogs we will discuss each of the above Energy Star practices in more detail. Savoy Engineering Group always uses Energy Star sizing rules