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Eco Friendly Ways to Stay Comfortable This Spring

This spring and summer, you will be thinking about running around in the sprinklers, hitting the local pool, and making a splash at your local bloc party or BBQ cookoff. You don’t need to be bogged down thinking about your energy bill… until it arrives. Though air conditioners cost less to operate than heating systems typically do, it can get Southwest-hot in Utah and your AC could hike up your energy costs if you don’t treat it right.

Still, you don’t have time this spring and summer to worry about big, ugly maintenance tasks or constant monitoring of your thermostat just to save a few bucks – you should be out enjoying the sunshine! So we have done the dirty work for you by compiling these easy, worry-free ways to go green and still enjoy top notch home comfort:

Four Energy Efficient Home Comfort Tips for Spring

Tighten up

Over the years, your home has gotten a little lazy with its posture. Naturally, buildings and structures like houses sag a bit with age and, though these shifts are largely harmless, you could find yourself with gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Even an imperceptible sliver can let in the hot air and let the cool air from your air conditioner escape. Not only is that the equivalent of letting dollars seep out into the front yard, but it also makes your air conditioner work twice as hard to keep you comfy. Make sure to weatherstrip your windows and caulk any visible cracks to combat this problem.

Change your filters

Air filters are essential to keeping your indoor air quality exceptional, thus keeping your family safe and healthy. However, did you know that they’re also instrumental in making sure your HVAC system performs as it should? That’s right, a clean air filter ensures that your air conditioner has the best shot at cooling your home with ease and if your filter is grimy, your air conditioner will have to labor against the dust and dirt to bring cool air to your home. This can cause performance issues, unnecessary wear & tear on your system, and major spikes in your energy bill.

Trade off

While the weather is hot during the sunny parts of the day, it can get nice and cool in the evenings. Shut off the AC in favor of opening the windows after dusk to cool your home naturally, affordably, and sustainably all through the night.

Trust your thermostat

Your thermostat has optimal use settings that can help you know how best to improve your energy efficiency. These technologies are smart and know how to help you lower your bill, your carbon footprint, and the impact of use on your system. A smart and programmable thermostat can also monitor your household’s unique usage of your system to make recommendations and adjustments that will positively impact your energy usage.

For more eco-friendly home comfort advice, or to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for spring in Utah, check out our AC maintenance services or call the number at the top of the page!

 

Reduce YOUR Carbon Footprint with These 5 Fixes

 

As we look back at the global record breaking summer we just had, it’s impossible not to think of the ways in which our carbon emissions have affected our environment. While temperatures have never been higher, ecological awareness has never been greater. You can monitor and even reverse your carbon imprint by limiting certain habits and behaviors.

Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here are just a few ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint:

1 – Driving

Many of us are using cars on a daily basis, so this seems like a good place to start. The simplest measure is to reconsider your style of driving. If you have a habit of accelerating and decelerating abruptly, try a more steady, even approach to greatly reduce the amount of fuel your engine consumes. It is also recommended to do regular check-ups on your car, especially on the tires, to increase fuel efficiency as tires can cause the release of around 500 pounds of CO2 per year.

2 – Air Travel

Planes release tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases, so if you’re really looking to minimize your carbon footprint, you should really consider the need for each flight before you take off. Just one trip can account for weeks of carbon emission.

3 – At Home

Putting forth the effort and investment to maximize a home’s energy efficiency will not only drastically reduce your monthly energy bill, but it will more importantly reduce the amount of wasted energy your home consumes. Although it may be difficult to pull off financially and logistically, insulating your home will make the greatest difference towards limiting your home’s carbon footprint.

Turning off your lights whenever you don’t need them seems like such a small thing to do, but if everyone did it, we could make a collective difference.

The same applies to Thermostats. Modern models are programmable, making it possible for you to automatically have the temperature of your room cooled down when you’re not at home.

4 – Food

The type of food that consumes the greatest amount of energy and releases the largest quantity of greenhouse gases is meat. This doesn’t mean you have to become a vegan to be eco-conscious, but increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet is a step you can take to minimize your carbon footprint and improve your health.

5 – Other Ways

There are many other areas in your life where it is possible to make things more energy-efficient. You can drastically reduce the amount of trash you produce by reusing items like plastic bags. Consciously not buying more food than you will be able to eat at a given time will also make a noticeable difference. As for the trash you still end up producing, it is possible to decrease its negative impacts by practicing waste separation.

Also, it is always a good practice to keep an eye on your water usage. Both your cleaning and drinking water requires energy to produce.

If you want to be more proactive, solar panels or windmills for your house can supplement your energy usage.

There are so many steps you can take to reverse your carbon footprint. To learn more about reducing your carbon emissions, you can contact HVAC Construction, Inc.