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Green HVAC Solutions: Eco-Friendly Options for Homes and Businesses

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In today’s day and age, many home and business owners try to find a balance between optimal indoor comfort and environmental consciousness. While ensuring comfort for your household or workforce is important, you should also know how your HVAC habits could affect the planet.  

At ACS, we recognize the importance of going green within your home or business. That’s why we offer comprehensive HVAC solutions that prioritize indoor comfort and environmental awareness. Our HVAC-certified technicians provide a broad range of services, from repair and installation to regular maintenance, to ensure your system has a minimal environmental footprint. Below, we summarize some of these solutions for eco-friendly homes and businesses. 

In this blog, our industry experts share their eco-friendly tips for your home or business’s HVAC system, including: 

    • Consider upgrading your system
    • Check insulation
    • Invest in a programmable thermostat
    • Utilize natural resources
    • Keep up with regular maintenance 

Consider Upgrading Your System

Is your current HVAC system over ten years old? If the answer is yes, upgrading your system might be the best way to go green. Generally, HVAC systems can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years, depending on the make, model, and other contributing factors like local climate. After passing the ten year threshold, most HVAC systems will show severe signs of wear and tear, especially regarding energy efficiency. And because older HVAC units tend to be less energy-efficient, they also create more greenhouse gas emissions. 

You can do many things to extend your system’s lifespan, including changing air filters regularly, ensuring proper insulation, and maintaining regular maintenance. But even so, you should still consider an upgraded system if yours has been around for over a decade. For insight on picking a new HVAC system for your home and scheduling installation, look to ACS for assistance!

Check Insulation

Improper insulation is one of the most common culprits of energy waste. If you have air leaks in doors, windows, or ductwork, you’re likely wasting more energy than you realize. The insulation needed will depend on your home’s location and layout. However, the general rule is to prioritize insulation for the following areas: walls, ceilings, garage doors, floors, doors, and windows. If you’re savvy with maintenance, you can do DIY weatherstripping to seal up these areas. Or, you can always call the professionals at ACS to get the job done instead. 

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

If you’ve looked into going green before, chances are you’ve heard of programmable thermostats. Popularly known as smart thermostats, this advanced HVAC tool has redefined what it means to be an eco-friendly home or business. Smart thermostats allow home and business owners to drastically reduce their carbon footprint and energy expenses by automatically adjusting temperatures. These Wi-Fi-enabled devices quickly learn and adapt to your heating and cooling habits, knowing exactly when energy exertion is needed and when it isn’t. For example, if you work a 9-5 job, your smart thermostat will detect when you’re away and adjust temperatures to save energy while you’re at work. Then, when you arrive home, it will automatically readjust conditions to optimize your home comfort. 

Utilize Natural Resources

One of the simplest ways to save energy at home is to utilize your natural resources. For example, keep your blinds and curtains open in the winter so that your home can absorb solar heat and increase temperatures naturally. Then, for summer energy saving, consider planting lofty greenery outside your house to shade your home and lower temperatures. Utilizing natural energy-saving resources is a cost-effective way to reduce your home or business’s carbon footprint while not compromising indoor comfort. 

Keep up with Regular Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance is your #1 defense against energy waste. With routine check-ups and tune-ups, your system should always be in tip-top shape and peak energy efficiency. Your licensed HVAC professional will thoroughly inspect your system to identify and correct issues accordingly. This way, your air specialist can fix a problem in its earliest stages rather than waiting till it escalates and causes irreparable damage. At ACS, we offer comprehensive residential and commercial maintenance plans to maintain manageable energy costs and system efficiency. Working with us is the easiest way to go green!

HVAC Heating and Cooling with ACS

Are you in need of HVAC repair, replacement, or maintenance? You can count on ACS to get the job done! With decades of industry experience, our certified HVAC technicians ensure peak system performance and efficiency across the board. Connect with our team today for top-quality HVAC maintenance, installation, and repair in Covington, Milledgeville, and surrounding areas