Going Green to Reduce HVAC Usage and Lower Utility Bills

High utility bills are motivating many homeowners in the greater Chicagoland area to look for ways to reduce energy consumption. For many individuals, the best course of action is to examine the dwelling with an eye toward putting less of a burden on their heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 

You have a number of environmentally friendly solutions to implement, such as adding insulation and ceiling fans, getting solar power panels and replacing an old, dumb thermostat with a new smart thermostat. Read on for ways you can go green to reduce HVAC usage and bring down your power bills.

Add a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans provide more than atmosphere in period movies. The humble ceiling fan helps distribute air in your home, providing a boost to your HVAC system. 

When the fan circulates a cooling breeze, you won’t need to run the air conditioning as much. Before selecting a fan, check the packaging or product description to verify it is energy efficient (with an Energy Star rating.)

Maintain Temperatures with Insulation

Homeowners are wasting power when they fail to properly insulate the building. Insulation will keep the warmth inside your home during the winter and help it stay cooler during the summer. 

Consequently, you don’t need to run the HVAC equipment as often, which lowers your energy consumption as well as minimizing your family’s carbon footprint.

Put in Energy Efficient Windows

As you look outside through the windows in your home, what you’re not seeing is how much energy you are wasting because they are single-paned. 

Homeowners can reduce energy usage by removing old-fashioned windows and replacing them with double-pane windows. A double-pane window conserves energy because it works as an added insulator in your home.

Arrange for Regular Service Calls

Busy homeowners sometimes forget to arrange for HVAC professionals to come by at least once a year for regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance. This keeps the system running more efficiently. 

Consider that a dirty coil (from dust and debris that accumulate during normal usage) makes it harder for your system to keep the home cool. It works harder than it needs to, putting excessive wear and tear on parts and potentially leading to a repair job that could have been easily prevented through standard maintenance.

Go Solar

More and more homeowners are choosing to install solar power panels in their efforts to go green and lower utility bills. 

Adding solar capability to your roof enables you to use less energy from the grid and become more self-reliant. Less fossil fuels are consumed when more people adopt solar power, which is good for the planet and good for our health.

Achieve Better Control with a Programmable Thermostat

How old is your HVAC system’s thermostat? Just as you probably wouldn’t want to use an older flip-style cell phone when a touch-sensitive smartphone with more capability is now available, why use a “dumb” thermostat that just lets you manually adjust the temperature up and down when smarter options are now available? 

Homeowners and business owners alike find it beneficial to install a programmable thermostat. You can set it to activate the AC or heat according to the most energy-efficient schedule. Smart thermostats with Wi-Fi connectivity enable you to access the system via the Internet for even greater control.

To learn more about the steps you can take to lower your utility bills and put less stress on your home’s HVAC equipment, you can count on the friendly experts at Ardmore Fresh Air for assistance. We will be happy to come over to inspect, clean and maintain your heating and cooling system in the greater Chicagoland area. For details or to set an appointment, contact us today.