Ask any North Carolinian and they’ll tell you, the weather here is beautiful! We get to experience all four seasons without many of the extremes found in other parts of the country. But they may also tell you that the weather can change in a flash.
It’s not uncommon to see a 30-degree change in temperatures from one day to the next. And while the variety is wonderful for us, it can be hard on your heating and cooling system. To keep your home comfortable while also saving money (and the environment), consider some of these energy efficient investments for your home.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Heating and Cooling Systems
Did you know that nearly half of your energy bill costs come from heating and cooling? If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system or components, consider equipment that is certified by ENERGY STAR. You can get central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and even geothermal heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified!
These high efficiency systems will cost more up-front, but between manufacturers rebates and long-term savings on energy bills, you’ll definitely save money in the long run!
Make the most of your new HVAC system (or your existing system) with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to create a schedule that effectively and efficiently heats and cools your home based on the day of the week and the time of day.
For example, it doesn’t make much sense for your system to be working in overdrive all day to keep your home nice and cool while you’re at work. Why not have it kick on 45 minutes before you get home so that it’s perfect when you walk in the door?
HVAC Maintenance Agreement
Regardless of the type of HVAC system you have, regular maintenance is important. Not only will this ensure that the system is working as efficiently as possible, but it will also extend the life of the unit itself.
Of course, basic maintenance like changing your air filters regularly is important, but you may also want to consider purchasing a maintenance agreement. In most cases, this will include seasonal maintenance and cleanings to keep your system in top shape and minimize the likelihood of emergency repairs.
For more information, read our post “Should I Buy an HVAC Maintenance Service Contract?”
Sealing and Insulating Heating and Cooling Ducts
Work with a professional to determine whether or not you are losing energy due to leaks. No matter how efficient your system is or how well it is maintained, leaks will lead to a serious hike in energy bills.
If problems are found, you will likely want to start with the unfinished areas of your home, including basements, garages, crawlspaces, and attics. Properly sealing and insulating your home can reduce your annual energy bill by as much as 10 percent!
ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows
Spaces in unfinished areas aren’t the only places where leaks can occur. Windows are another common cause of low energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR qualified windows utilize special technology that can reduce your energy bill by 7-24% compared to non-qualified windows.
Saving money on your energy bills is motivating enough, but it’s also better for the environment! If you’re located in central or eastern North Carolina and are interested in learning more about energy efficient options for your home, contact Newcomb and Company today. Your Comfort is Our Business.