Going Green Tips for Heating
Heating our homes is one of the biggest drains on our finances. Saving money alone is a strong motivation to increase our heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems’ energy efficiency. Growing concern over our ever-shrinking natural resources makes energy conservation essential.
How to go green with your heating system:
• Make sure your home is well insulated (sealing air leaks), properly ventilated, and consider installing a radiant barrier in your attic to reflect interior heat back into the house in winter.
• Replace old equipment with new high efficiency units that operate more efficiently. Ask your ARS/Rescue Rooter contractor about zoning your home for more efficient heating and cooling.
• Replace air filters on a regular basis (as often as every couple of months in high use periods) and make sure you are using high efficiency filters, such as HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters which will assure you have the cleanest air for your family.
• Choose an Energy Star ® programmable thermostat to automatically adjust heating levels while you’re sleeping or when you are not at home.
• Adjust thermostats to no higher than 68 degrees in winter.
• Use the sun’s heat to help your equipment by directing sunlight into your rooms in winter as much as possible.
• Close drapes when the sun goes down.
• Consider installing solar panels and replacing single pane windows.
• Contact ARS/Rescue Rooter® for more information about their Home Service Plans to make sure your systems are checked out each season, to enjoy the benefits of preventive maintenance, and to stay current on the latest in energy savings options.
• A free consultation by our professional ARS/Rescue Rooter® contractors will help you assess your current heating equipment and needs, while providing you with the energy saving measures that will work best for your particular needs.