With energy costs steadily increasing, home improvements that can reduce your energy consumption are becoming a must for every homeowner. As one of the leading HVAC installation contractors in Central New Jersey, A-1 Comfort Care Heating, Cooling and Plumbing shares the ways you can reduce your daily energy use at home.
Get a Home Energy Audit – The first thing you should do is have your home audited for energy efficiency. When conducted by an auditor certified by Building Performance Institute (BPI), everything in your home that uses energy, or affects your energy consumption, will be assessed. At the end of the day, you will receive a detailed report that pinpoints potential problem areas that you need to address.
Regularly Maintain Your HVAC – Your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to keep it at its peak efficiency. In addition to minimizing the chances of unexpected failures – especially during summer and winter extremes – it also reduces the unwanted workload caused by inefficient operation. This could consume more energy than it has to, and if left untended, can lead to an increase in your energy bills. Most contractors that specialize in residential HVAC services can help you work out a maintenance routine, as well as a replacement if your HVAC system is too old.
Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances – Using inefficient units is generally not a good idea. Today’s appliances, from refrigerators to computers, are built with energy efficiency in mind, and can help reduce your energy consumption in the long run. Eliminating incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, and replacing them with LED ones, can also contribute to your energy savings, especially when you depend on them for daytime lighting. Investing in energy efficient replacement windows can also help keep stable indoor temperatures and reduce your indoor heating and cooling requirements.
Lower the Water Heater Temperature – Many homeowners set their water heater thermostat to 140 degrees, but you can set it down to 120 without any noticeable difference. This heats the water in the tank faster and consumes less energy. You should also consider upgrading to a tankless water heater, which heats water only when you need it. Plus, your family doesn’t have to fight every morning for who gets to use the bathroom first.
To learn more about our heating and air conditioning repair services, call A-1 Comfort Care Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today at (732) 993-7200. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We are located in Wall, NJ and serve surrounding areas, including Freehold.