Going Green: Best Practices In The HVAC Industry

edan November 30, 2012 9:45 am


Preserving the earth for our children and ensuring that they can enjoy nature the way we have and our parents did before us, has thankfully become a more important issue in almost every industry. The HVAC industry is no exception to this ecological awareness and concern for the environment.

In heating and cooling there are many opportunities to conserve and recycle, and we are going to discuss some of the ways that you can get the best from your heating and cooling systems and at the same time do your part to protect mother earth.

So before you even put a new unit in your home, one of the ways to conserve is to discuss with a home builder or your HVAC contractor, the installation of your unit to optimize the space used so as to cut down on installation costs and labor. Similarly if you properly size the unit to meet your home’s actual needs, you can save money and be heating and cooling your home much more efficiently. This would include calculating your needs based on room sizes, location of windows and doors, as well as any locations that could contain air leak zones.

When possible it is best to purchase high efficiency heating and cooling systems, that are more energy efficient and best able to help you cut down your electric bill. Take some time to find out which manufacturers sell high efficiency units, that best suit your needs. Often you will find that Energy Star heating units and air conditioning units rated with a 14 SEER and higher are best for this purpose.

Further steps that can be taken include making sure that any fixtures, outlets, walls, or ceilings that could lead to air leaks are properly sealed and do not contribute to higher energy costs.  Making sure that all ductwork is sealed with mastic or properly coated to ensure that there is no massive loss of air as it circulates throughout your home.

All of these steps are sure to help preserve this world, and will also help you save money on a daily basis. If you have any questions about how you can “go green” with your home’s heating and cooling system, give your local qualified HVAC professionals a call. Future generations will be grateful, and so will your wallet.

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