Conserving Energy at Home during Earth Week

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10 Tips for Preserving Resources at Home without Losing Comfort from Aire Serv

Aire Serv technician at homeowner's air conditioner.

Most heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems consume more than half a home’s energy.

As Earth Day nears, people are reminded of the importance of finding sustainable energy solutions and gaining appreciation for the environment. One simple step to make the home more energy efficient home is with the air conditioning system.

“Even though Earth Week is an annual event, we can still be energy conscious year round,” said Doyle James, president of Aire Serv LLC. “Most heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consume more than half a home’s energy. By managing energy usage, reducing air leaks and switching over to a new energy efficient system, families can cut their monthly usage of fossil fuel-generated electricity by up to one-third.”

Rising utility and overall energy costs are concerns for most homeowners today. Fortunately, homeowners can save money while being “greener” and stay comfortable. Follow these recommendations from Aire Serv to create a more energy efficient home:

  • Smart Thermostat. Install a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature when home or away. Why keep the house cool when nobody is home?
  • Filtration. Use high efficiency air filters to help the air conditioning system stay cleaner longer and use less energy to keep cool.
  • Go Green. Plant trees or shrubs to shade the air conditioning unit, but not so close that they block air flow.
  • Maintenance. Have a professional air conditioning provider clean the unit's coils regularly – about every six months – to prevent dirt and dust build-up.
  • Insulate. Check the attic, crawl space or basement to make sure it’s properly insulated. This will help conserve electricity and reduce the home’s energy demands.
  • Turn it off. When leaving a room, turn off the ceiling fan. Running the fan doesn’t lower the temperature in a room, but it does increase evaporation from your skin to help you feel cooler.
  • Reduce. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use to reduce phantom energy.
  • Stop the leaks. Scan the ductwork and vent registers, electrical connections and doors for air leaks. When all windows and doors are shut and fans are turned off, light an incense stick and pass around areas where there may be leaks. If smoke is sucked out, there may be a draft.
  • Upgrade. Look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) number on air conditioners if installing a new unit. Some units manufactured about 10 years ago were in the 10 SEER range while units today can go as high as 20 SEER or above. Going from a 10 to 20 SEER can cut the cooling costs in half.
  • Recycle. If installing a new HVAC unit, consider donation or recycling. A unit in working order can be donated and non-functioning pieces contain recyclable copper and aluminum. Talk to a HVAC contractor or contact the utility company for local options on how to recycle an old unit.

For more information on how to go green and celebrate Earth Day 2012, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website at EPA.gov/EarthDay.

About Aire Serv®:
Established in 1992, Aire Serv is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Aire Serv franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at more than 170 locations in the United States and Canada. Aire Serv is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit AireServ.com.

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