The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs. Following the recommendations provided to you by your InterNACHICertified Home Energy Inspector can help you make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can help save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home, and help fight global warming.
Did you know the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car?
When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming.
An InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector can help you save money and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices.
Whether you are looking for recommendations about energy-efficient equipment, getting a quality installation, HVAC maintenance, or ways to make your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently, an InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector can help.
Consider Making a Change if Any of the Following Statements Apply
Some of your rooms are too hot or cold. Inadequate air sealing or insufficient insulation could be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated, you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder. Your home has humidity problems, excessive dust, or rooms that never seem to get comfortable. Leaky or poorly insulated ductwork might be the cause. Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up. In addition to the rise in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient. Your heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment. And remember, high efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR. You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature. You could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity. You can set a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping. You hired an InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector and your report shows that your home costs more than $2,200 to operate. That means you’re using and paying for more energy at home than most Americans. Read your InterNACHI Home Energy Report to get recommendations for home improvement projects that will increase your score by improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT
Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. To ensure efficient system operation, it’s important to perform routine maintenance. Change your air filter regularly. A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, which can lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure. Check your filter every month, especially during winter and summer months, when use tends to be heavier. Change your filter if it's dirty— or at least every three months. Tune up your HVAC equipment. Proper maintenance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems. Contractors get busy during summer and winter months, so it is best to check the cooling system in spring and the heating system in the fall. Plan the check- ups around the beginning and end of daylight-saving time each spring and fall. OVERALL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST Your contractor should complete the following each spring and fall: • Check thermostat settings to ensure the heating and cooling system turns on and off at the programmed temperatures. • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause your system to operate unsafely and reduce the life of major components. • Lubricate moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use. Click the link to continue reading more about Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling: A Homeowners Guide