What You Need to Do to Have a Green HVAC System at Home

Taking steps toward a more green HVAC system can pay off at home and even make a contribution toward a more efficient, sustainable community at large. The even-better news: It’s a goal that doesn’t require sacrificing indoor comfort. In fact, certain steps that ensure greater efficiency and a healthier environment can also make your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Here are some things you can do today—or at least start planning for—to move toward a green HVAC system and a home that’s more comfortable and economical.

  • Schedule annual HVAC maintenance. The inspection and tuneup provided by a qualified local heating and cooling contractor is a win-win for both the environment and your household budget. The list of manufacturer-recommended maintenance and adjustments supports maximum system efficiency and lower costs.
  • Check your insulation. In our specific Department of Energy geographical climate zone, the recommended attic insulation is R49 to R60, which translates to a depth of about 14 inches to 17 inches for fiberglass insulation or 12 inches to 15 inches for cellulose, loose-fill insulation.
  • Get ductwork tested. If your home is 10 years old or more, have a qualified HVAC contractor test for duct leakage. Joints and other components of residential ductwork deteriorate over time. This wastes vital heated and cooled air, which leaks out into unconditioned zones of the house, such as up in the attic or inside wall cavities.
  • Employ passive methods for greater efficiency. Open drapes and blinds to allow winter sunshine into rooms and augment furnace heating. Use efficient ceiling fans to circulate indoor air in summer to enhance AC cooling.
  • Upgrade HVAC components. Furnace and AC efficiency continues to improve. If your old HVAC system is showing its age, replacing the outdated unit sooner rather than later provides a better chance at a green HVAC, lower monthly costs, and more effective heating and cooling performance. You’ll also get a more comprehensive warranty in most cases.

For additional recommendations that support green HVAC performance and efficiency, ask the experts at Paitson Bros. This is our 100th year serving the Terre Haute community with professional heating and cooling sales and service.

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