We all know that April symbolizes the start of springtime weather, but in Canada, we also celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd. Do your part to help our planet and follow these HVAC efficiency tips to reduce your carbon footprint this month and for the rest of the year.
Replace Air Filters
Replacing filters is always on our list of indoor air quality tips, but it’s an important efficiency tip as well. When you neglect to change your filters every 90 days or sooner, they can get clogged with dirt, debris, and allergens, which restricts the airflow to your HVAC systems and causes them to work harder. If your systems have to work harder to cool your home due to reduced flow, it means they are using unnecessarily high amounts of energy, which is bad for the environment.
Trim Branches and Foliage
While it might seem counterintuitive to trim the trees and shrubs surrounding your air conditioner on Earth Day, it can actually benefit the planet. This is another one of our HVAC efficiency tips that pertain to airflow, but it can have just as positive of an impact as changing your filter. If your air conditioner is crowded by foliage and debris, it can reduce its flow and force it to work harder, just like a dirty filter. So, get outside this Earth Day and take care of some yard work to ensure your air conditioner can run at its best.
HVAC efficiency tips don’t always have to be a chore. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat in your home will increase the efficiency of your HVAC systems year-round, but it will also improve your home comfort. Creating effective cooling and heating schedules reduces energy waste when you aren’t home and ensures the temperature is comfortable again when you return at the end of the day. Scheduling your system in this way will reduce your energy consumption and decrease your monthly bills at the same time, so any way you look at it you win.
This is one of the easiest HVAC efficiency tips for homeowners to follow because all they have to do is pick up the phone and leave the rest to their HVAC technician. A licensed technician can tune up your HVAC equipment and ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible. They can also assess the efficiency of your ductwork and seal up any leaks that could be reducing your airflow and home comfort if necessary.
Do your part to improve your home comfort and our environment with help from Team Harding!
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