Choosing Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

The average home spends about $1,900 annually on energy bills.

Heating and cooling accounts for as much as half of a home’s energy use. The EPA provides important recommendations for energy-efficient equipment, including proper sizing, quality installation and maintenance, and other home improvement considerations to help you get the most out of the heating and cooling products you purchase, save energy, and save as much as 20% annually on your total energy costs.

You may want to consider making a change to your Boulder real estate if:

Some of your rooms are too hot or cold.

Duct problems, inadequate air sealing or
insulation could be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling
system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated against air leakage, you
will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder. “Improving your Home’s Comfort with Home Sealing.”

Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust.

Poorly operating or improperly sized equipment could be to blame. Leaky ductwork can also cause
these problems, so having it sealed may be a solution. Monthly maintenance of
your heating and cooling equipment’s filters may also help.

Your cooling system is noisy.
Your duct system could be improperly sized or there
may be a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.

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 heat pump or air conditioner is more than 12 years old.
Consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment. And remember, high efficiency levels begin

Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.
Consider replacing with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. ENERGY STAR has set high efficiency guidelines for both furnaces and boilers.

You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature.
You could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity. A programmable thermostat adjusts your home’s
temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping.

Your score on the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick is below five.
That means you’re using more energy at home than most Americans and probably paying more
than you need to on energy bills. Get personalized recommendations to improve your
home and/or heating and cooling system. Find the Home Energy Yardstick at Energy Star.

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