When you ask most people about saving on their energy bills, they cite the expected – turn off the lights when you leave the room, set the thermostatic higher in the winter and lower in the summer, install energy efficient appliances, etc. Yet as much as these things do help improve energy efficiency, saving money on that energy bill also depends on having products that are working correctly. When was the last time you checked your heat pump? Exactly.
So if you are wondering just what you should be checking – and replacing – here is a quick list.
A heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than ten years old, chances are it’s not running at full capacity, and it’s not an ENERGY STAR product. So what happens if you replace it? You could save a whopping 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
A furnace or boiler that is more than 15 years old. Here again, it’s not just that old furnaces don’t usually work efficiently, it’s also that they weren’t really designed to. So what does a furnace upgrade net you in energy savings? When it’s an ENERGY STAR, again as much as 20 percent.
Excessive dust. Dust you ask? What does dust have to do with energy savings? Well when it comes to your air ducts, a lot. Why? Because dust clogs the system, and instead of blowing air, your ducts blow dust. Not just does this upgrade improve your energy efficiency, it also, as you can imagine, makes your life a whole lot healthier.
Humidity in the home. Air feeling a little moist? If so, chances are you have something leaking somewhere. This could be due to poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, or leaky ducts. But all of these things allow moisture to collect in the air, which doesn’t just zap your energy efficiency, it also leads to mold.
Rising Energy Bills. While this should always be a red flag, often it’s one that people simply don’t pay attention to, especially if the increase isn’t huge. But when these increases become a pattern, it’s usually because your heating and cooling equipment isn’t working the way it should. So what could an upgrade save you here? As much as 20 percent, and even more if you were spending money repairing an old system.
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