Green Heating and Cooling reduces our carbon footprint by using less fossil fuels to provide adequate levels of comfort indoors. We can help protect our planet by optimizing our use of existing energy efficient systems, replace systems that fail to meet today’s standards of efficiency, and consider a variety of new alternative energy sources used to power today’s most efficient systems.
Read on to learn about our recommended tips for every homeowner in Danville and Nicholasville, KY.
Tip #1: The weakest link in your heating and cooling system just might be your home itself. A home energy audit will help you manage the cost and consumption of energy used to heat and cool your home. A home energy auditor will tell you if you are paying significantly more than other homeowners in your area. They will point out the key reasons for higher costs, including details of your existing systems, your habits, and the effectiveness of your existing doors, windows, and insulation at keeping the your home comfortable.
A good inspector will also evaluate your attention to maintaining your existing systems, and recommend necessary changes.
Tip #2: Once you are confident you have done enough to address the energy efficiency of the structure and integrity of your home, we recommend you have your existing heating and cooling system evaluated to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency. Routine maintenance may also be a requirement to maintain the valuable warranties of the costlier components in your system.
Tip #3: Even in a well-insulated home with modern systems in perfect working order, we should make a few adjustments to our habits to reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Most baby boomers can remember the television ads recommending that we “set it and forget it.” This advice was based on the idea that frequent changes at the thermostat resulted in reduced efficiency and wear of HVAC components. One such ad even suggested setting the thermostat to 75 degrees, year-round.
Decades of new research provides evidence that setting your thermostat to a comfortable temperature when you need it, and raising it or lowering it to a safe, but more energy-conscious temperature when you don’t, is better for both your energy consumption and your HVAC systems’ longevity.
Tip #4: Replace systems at the right time—the perfect time is when your existing system cannot be repaired with matching parts, or when you want to upgrade your existing, working system to a more energy efficient system that will pay for itself in reduced energy bills and increases to your property value.
Tip #5: When it’s time to replace your system, know your options for employing new green heating and cooling solutions. Ground source heating and cooling systems employ ultra-high efficiency heat pumps to condition the air in your home using the thermal energy available in the soil, rock and water deep beneath your home. This free source of relative warmth in the winter and relative coolness in the summer boosts the efficiency of a heat pump 30-50% in most climates, and up to 80% in temperate climates without frigid temperatures. These systems can last 2-3 times longer than traditional heating and air conditioning systems, and while they tend to cost more to install, they can pay for themselves in less than 10 years through reduced energy bills.
At ADA Heating and Air, our friendly staff and knowledgeable technicians, serving Danville, Nicholasville, Versailles, Lancaster, Winchester, Harrodsburg, Stanford, and Lexington, will be glad to help you put the power of these tips to use in your home or business.