Grand Rapids Heating And Cooling

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Grand Rapids Heating & Cooling

Every homeowner wants to save money on their energy bills, but many are unsure how to get started. While scheduling heating and cooling system maintenance with a Grand Rapids heating and cooling contractor is always recommended, there are other ways to make your home more energy efficient.

Insulate Walls and Attic

The insulation in your home is meant to retain warmth in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer. However, if your home isn’t properly insulated, you may notice that you have to crank up the thermostat in the winter in order to keep your home at a comfortable indoor temperature. The same holds true for your air conditioning unit during the summer months. If there is insufficient insulation in your walls and attic, you can either put in more insulation yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

Plant Shade Trees and Shrubs near House

If you are looking to naturally decrease your dependence on your air conditioning unit, you may want to consider planting shade trees and shrubs near your home. The shade can help cool your home by a few degrees in the summer.

When planting shade trees and shrubs, be sure to plant them far enough away from your home that their roots won’t break up the concrete in your sidewalk or clog your sewer lines. While trees can be great for shading your home during the hot summer months, they can also cause problems if planted too close to the home.

Replace Inefficient Furnace

Check the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating of your old furnace to check if you could be wasting energy. For example, if your furnace was installed before 1992, there’s a good chance that it wastes approximately 35% of the fuel it uses. In this case, furnace replacement may be a good move. Today’s furnace models only waste about 10% of the fuel they use.

To increase home energy efficiency, we recommend consulting with an experienced heating and cooling technician to determine how much energy you could save with a new furnace. If your furnace was built after 1991, it may not be worth installing a new energy efficient furnace as you would only increase your AFUE rating by 10%.

Set Appropriate Thermostat Temperature

During the summer months, it can be tempting to use your air conditioner as much as possible. For this reason, many homeowners have high energy bills during the hottest months of the year. To avoid spending more money than you need to cool your home, familiarize yourself with your home’s temperature settings.

For example, if no one is at home during the day, you may want to increase the temperature setting on your thermometer before leaving. This will help decrease the burden on your air conditioning unit so that you are only using your HVAC system when it’s needed. For quality thermostat installation, you should contact a reputable heating and cooling system technician in your area.

If you think your home could benefit from any of our heating and cooling system services, please contact our Grand Rapids HVAC contractors at (616) 531-4676. The licensed HVAC technicians at VP&L Heating and Cooling pride themselves on helping residential and commercial clients save money on energy bills.

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