Home Performance Evaluation
If you are looking for simple energy efficient ideas for heating and air improvements, an Energy Star Home Performance Evaluation is a great place to start. Created by the EPA, this program takes a whole home approach to energy efficiency. During your home’s evaluation, our technician may perform a visual inspection of your home, including the crawl space and attic. An air leakage test may also be conducted on your home and duct work.
Afterwards, you will receive a verbal and written evaluation of your home. This report will highlight areas of inefficiency with suggestions for improvement. Using this report as a guide, you can easily improve the efficiency of your home.
Maintaining your HVAC Equipment
Other inexpensive energy efficient ideas for heating and air equipment include a basic maintenance plan. HVAC equipment maintenance should be performed every spring and fall. This biannual maintenance service not only increases the efficiency of your equipment, it also prevents repairs and extends the life of your equipment.
At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we offer three levels of preventative maintenance service. Our first plan is solely based on your HVAC equipment, and it includes the biannual tune-up service as well as most replacement parts. Our other two plans incorporate service calls for some of the larger systems in your home, such as your range and refrigerator.
Another important part of improving energy efficiency is checking your air filters on a regular basis. Your filter should be replaced at least every three months, however, you may want to check it more often during the high-use seasons.
Replacing Older Equipment
Replacement of older equipment is among the more expensive energy efficient ideas for heating and air improvements, but it is also one of the most effective. If your equipment is older than 10 years, replacing it with a newer energy-efficient model can increase your heating and air efficiency up to 20 percent. If you are thinking about replacing your equipment, our skilled technicians can help you find the best unit for your needs and budget.
If you are currently relying on radiant heat and window AC units to heat and cool your home, installing a ductless unit can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency. These unique systems enable you to use zoning in your home, which can also help cut energy costs. Using this method, you can set unoccupied rooms to a minimum temperature, or shut them off completely.
Installation of a programmable thermostat is another inexpensive way to control energy consumption in your Bradenton, FL home. With a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home according to your family’s schedule. When properly utilized, this simple device can save you up to $180 annually.