Go Green With Pickett
GO GREEN WITH PICKETT
Go Green with Your A/C System
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are one of the biggest energy hogs in a building. Up to half of a home’s energy costs can be attributed to its HVAC unit. With rising energy costs and an increased global awareness of environmental issues, “green HVAC” systems are becoming a standard when it comes to building construction and maintenance.
One way to make an existing air conditioning system green or “eco-friendly” is to perform regular maintenance on the filters. A dirty air filter will result in decreased air flow throughout the system, which will make the unit work harder, and unnecessarily waste more energy than it should. Dirty air filters can also cause dust and other particles to build up and get into the mechanics of the system, leading to lowered performance, and reduction to the life of the system. Air filters should be changed every 3 months to ensure clean, uninterrupted air flow.
Another green upgrade to an HVAC system is checking the duct work. Air flow lost to poor ducting can lead to a 20% loss in efficiency and can be a buildings greatest energy waste. Energy can be saved by making sure all duct work in the building is properly sealed.
If saving your hard-earned dollars is also your goal, then don’t forget to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Setting pre-programmed temperature settings to different times of the day will ensure that the system is not wasting energy heating or cooling an empty building. Just adding a programmable thermostat can lead to over $180 a year in energy savings.
Another option is to upgrade the entire system to an ENERGY STAR certified HVAC system. These systems use more efficient technology than traditional systems and can save as much as 50% off current energy costs. Rest assured, any Carrier® system purchased and installed by Pickett Heating & Air will be Energy Star certified. These higher efficiency systems are not only a cost savings to you, but are environmentally friendly.
Call Pickett Heating & Air today to hear more options on how we can help make your home go green!
December 21, 2016