When many people hear about carbon emissions, their minds race to industrial and motor vehicles pollution. However, the truth is, there are little things we do or don’t do at home that result in carbon emission. With the ongoing debate on environmental conservation and protection, industries today are coming up with eco-friendly ways of production. The HVAC industry has not been left behind. It has improved the design and functionality of its product to achieve this.
According to climate scientists, individual actions contribute to a specific part of carbon footprint, and adopting green habits can help in reducing the carbon footprint left to the environment. With the rise in global temperature, the demand for HVAC systems has gradually increased. You all know that heating and cooling is all about energy consumption, and if you own an HVAC system, there are various ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Here is how.
Buy Energy Star Approved Equipment
Before products get into the market, they must be certified by the responsible entity. Even with HVACs product approval is a must. Energy STAR is a government-sponsored program that has assisted many people in saving energy usage in their homes. The same program approves HVAC units that are energy-efficient and ready to be released in the market. Therefore, when buying your system, make sure you buy one that is approved by Energy Star. These items come with a yellow label to show they have been approved by this entity. It means they have been tested and have met the energy-efficiency standards set by the government.
Upgrade your Thermostat to a Modern One
Another way of reducing your carbon footprint is by upgrading your thermostat to a modern one. Using an old thermostat does not give you total control over temperature monitoring and this does more harm to the surroundings. You will also be using more energy to get the comfort you need in your home. The best way to increase comfort while reducing carbon footprint is by upgrading to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home remotely and this helps in reducing energy wastage. It also sends your details about your energy consumption and how to reduce it.
Choose Ductless system
You can either choose between ducted and ductless air conditioning. Each of these choices comes with advantages and disadvantages. Ducted air conditioning is energy efficient and provides comfort across various rooms. However, you will need to heat all the rooms, including the empty ones. For ductless air conditioning, you have an energy-efficient choice of heating or cooling only in the occupied rooms. This way, you don’t have to waste energy on the empty rooms. Additionally, ensure your home is sealed properly to prevent warm or cool, air from escaping to the outside.
Replace your Air Filters Frequently
Air filters help in keeping out dust, pet hair, and other contaminants in the system. Over time, dirt and debris accumulate on the filters such that cool or warm air cannot leave the system freely. The unit then strains and overworks to reach its potential, and this means more energy consumption. To eliminate this problem, make sure you replace your air filters frequently. This way, clean air can freely leave or enter the system. With clean air in your rooms, you don’t need extra conditioning, and this perfectly reduces the carbon footprint your HVAC leaves on the environment.
Schedule for Frequent Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is important to keep your system in top condition and extend its life. After buying your system, make sure you frequently check for minor problems and fix them early enough. Schedule for maintenance and inspection, say twice a year. Frequent maintenance ensures your system is in great working condition and can easily reach its potential. This also eliminates the need for frequent replacing of the system, and that means fewer systems are produced.
Every time you are buying your system’s spare parts or choosing an HVAC contractor, ensure you pick from companies that embrace environmental sustainability. Then, make sure you follow the things detailed above to ensure you are taking a great part in reducing your carbon footprint in the environment. This way, people will have more time to enjoy living on the planet. Furthermore, these tips help in saving money on energy bills and repairs.
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