Comfort systems, like furnaces and air conditioners, are the two biggest users of energy in homes today. They also tend to be two of the biggest wasters. That’s why if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, it starts by making changes to your comfort system. Thankfully, creating a “Green Home Comfort System” is easy!
Below you can find a list of home improvementsthat will help you Go Green and Save Green!
Installing a Programmable Thermostat
You can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back by 10°.
If you’re like many people, you keep a busy schedule. You may not be home for very long each day. By simply setting back your programmable thermostat when you're gone at work or at night while you are sleeping, can help reduce your energy bill! Anytime you are away from your home for more than 8 hours, it is always a good idea to lower the temperature.
Duct Leakage Testing
Did you know that 10-30% of energy is lost in leaking ductwork and/or inadequate sized ductwork?
Often, ductwork can be installed improperly, isn’t adequately sized or has leaks. When that happens, your furnace and air conditioner have to work extra hard to get your home to your desired temperature. When your furnace and air conditioner are pushed harder, it leads to excessive, unforeseen repairs and breakdowns. That’s not even mentioning how many extra thousands of dollars you could be overpaying in energy costs, because your system constantly runs.
We can test your ductwork with a furnace blower door. This pressurizes your duct system to see how air is leaking. 5-ton systems and under should only have 120 CFM or less leaking.
Your home comfort system needs periodic attention to run efficiently. Its vital internal components get caked with dirt, dust and gunk. If your furnace and air conditioner never get serviced, all that filth makes them run much harder than necessary to cool and heat your home.
If your system has to work much harder to get your home to your desired level of comfort, it’s burning more energy. It’s also only a matter of time before breakdowns and expensive repairs occur. It may even need to be replaced sooner than expected.
If your furnace were a car, every year you would drive it 55,200 miles! That's A LOT of miles!
Most automakers recommend oil service every 7,000 miles and most recommend tuneups every 30,000 miles. Your heating system is a mechanical system, the same as your car. It needs yearly service and maintenance as well.
Installing New Efficient Equipment
If you have had a home comfort system that was installed 8 to 20 years ago, it’s probably outdated and wasting energy. It may be so inefficient that you could be spending thousands of extra dollars because of it.
Home comfort systems have seen radical changes recently. Today, there are brand-new furnaces that hardly waste any energy. Some furnaces are as much as 98% efficient. These furnaces are saving homeowners massive amounts of energy and drastically reducing the number of pollutants being emitted into the air.
Save money with a heat pump!
Heat pumps cut carbon dioxide emissions, reduce air pollution and result in significant financial savings.
A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can both heat and cool your home. In summer, it draws heat out of your home to cool it. In the winter, it draws heat from outside air into your home to warm it. Many heat pumps have a booster electrical-resistance heater that automatically heats outside air even more. Outside air always has heat in it, even at very low outdoor temperatures.
Contact Us To Learn More About Lennox's NewSunSource® Solar-Ready option—allows you to add solar modules and create a solar powered system that generates electricity for your air conditioner and more, reducing energy consumption and utility costs.