Your HVAC system accounts for about half of your home’s energy usage (Source: US government). According to Dennis Silverman, of U.C. Irvine, the San Diego area’s household energy usage is evenly split between “electricity, hot water heating, and space heating.”
Silverman wrote a report to “provide a simple strategy” to reduce energy use for electricity and hot water heating; heating, he noted, “will require more detailed attention from homeowners,” like “thermostat management” and “sweaters and comforters.”
G&G Indoor Air Services is a green cleaning company that services home and commercial HVAC systems in the San Diego area. Most of our local clients understand that reducing energy use can yield serious benefits—both for the environment and the household budget. But many clients do want to learn more about simple energy and cost-saving strategies, like those advocated by Silverman.
One simple strategy is to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system.
At G&G Indoor Air Services, we advocate a simple, two-step method:
First: Clean Your Air Ducts
Air ducts clogged with dust and debris may compromise your HVAC system’s performance. To assure an efficient system, clean your air ducts every three to five years—or more, if your home suffers from poor indoor air quality. A clean duct system should translate to lower energy costs over time. To learn more about our “green cleaning” duct services, call our San Diego area office today: 888-217-1581.
Second: Change Your Air Filters Every Three Months or More
A professional is the best choice for cleaning your air ducts, but a second simple method for maximizing HVAC efficiency can be performed by you: change your air filter at least every three months. You may need to change your air filter more often (Click here for more info). This simple step can also yield serious savings: As Angie of Angie’s List, writes, “The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent.”