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Your Ultimate Guide to Energy Efficiency at Home

Whether it’s in our heating and cooling systems or other household appliances, energy efficiency is something all homeowners strive for. At Advanced Comfort Systems, we understand that. Our Carrier® experts are here to help. Below, we’ve compiled some of our best efficiency notes for you to use. Read them over, then give us a call when you’re ready to implement them.

Tips for Conserving Energy

When it comes to your HVAC systems, there are a few steps you can take to ensure maximum energy efficiency:

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

An annual checkup for both your AC and your furnace will help keep them both operating efficiently. Experts like those at Advanced Comfort will clean and tune your systems, replace filters, and ensure humidifier pads are in good condition. It’s a small step, but it will help shrink your utility bills.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Wi-Fi or other smart thermostats can raise and lower your house’s temperature at pre-set times. That schedule optimizes your energy efficiency at home, as it eliminates any need to adjust the temperature. It’s an easy way to save energy and money—and to help fight global warming. Ask your Advanced Comfort tech about which thermostat will work best for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

We get it: Buying a new furnace or air conditioner is an investment. But today’s systems are more energy efficient than ever. Furnaces and boilers in particular can operate at or above 95 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency)—meaning that less than five percent of energy is underused during operation.

There are even alternative solutions available that take efficiency one step further. Heat pumps are one example. They utilize heat energy in the air to provide both warm and cool air whenever you need it.

Plus, any new system you choose will be sized specifically to your house. It ensures proper system cycling, which goes a long way toward improving energy efficiency. And don’t forget: ENERGY STAR qualified products are up to 40 percent more efficient.

Does It Make Sense to Invest in a System With Higher Energy Efficiency Ratings?

As with most things, the answer depends on your budget. Systems with higher energy efficiency ratings cost more upfront, but the energy you’ll save month-to-month can help make up for that—and then some.

And keep in mind that an HVAC system accounts for more than half of the energy used in a typical U.S. home. It’s the largest energy expense for most families, according to the Department of Energy. If your budget can handle the higher upfront costs, you’ll enjoy lower utility bills for years to come.

Invest in Energy Efficiency With Advanced Comfort

No matter how big your budget is, Advanced Comfort has the perfect system for you. Let us help you understand all the options available to you and choose the solutions that will make the most sense for your budget and comfort. Get started now by contacting our experts.