For residents of Sacramento, heating and air can be expensive.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home can burn through more energy and money than any other utility – accounting for over half of most utility costs!
Complicating this is the fact that keeping your home comfortable can take a big toll on the environment due to high energy consumption and harmful emissions.
Would you like to do something about both of these problems?
4 Tips for Eco-Friendly Heating and Air in Sacramento
Ready to save some green while “going green”? These tips are more than just good news for the environment … many of them will help you save on utility costs, too!
- Size it Right
If you’re planning on installing a new HVAC system for your home, good idea! An air conditioning unit with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 13 is the minimum allowed for new installations, higher SEER is great for the environment and will slash your summer utility bill thanks to better energy-efficiency. However, if the air conditioner isn’t the proper size for your home you will end up paying more for less. Unlike steak dinners or bank accounts, when it comes to air conditioners bigger doesn’t equal better. Go with a unit that’s too large for your home and it will never perform at optimal efficiency. Go with a properly sized unit instead. The same goes for furnaces. So even before you begin shopping for a new HVAC system make sure to have your home sized by professionals who will perform an analysis to determine what size unit your home requires.
- Install a Geothermal Heat Pump
As you can probably guess by the name, a geothermal heat pump makes use of the earth’s heat – specifically the relatively constant temperatures just beneath the earth’s surface. The way a geothermal heat pump works is pretty simple. In winter, it takes heat from the ground and transfers it to your home; during the summer months, it discharges your home’s interior heat into the ground, keeping you cool without excessive energy use. This eco-friendly system translates to big savings in heating and cooling costs. On top of that, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 qualifies Sacramento homeowners who install a geothermal heating and cooling system to a 30% tax credit.
- Shade your Outside Unit
You’ve probably heard that planting native trees and shrubs on the east and west sides of your home will improve your HVAC system’s efficiency. You can take Mother Nature’s help a step further by planting shade trees or shrubs around your outside air conditioning unit. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that shading your outside unit can increase its efficiency by up to 10%. Just be careful to plant the trees and shrubs far enough from the unit that it doesn’t obstruct its airflow circulation.
- Collect a Lot of Free Water
During the hot summer months your air conditioner will draw a lot of condensate from the air, and that water will drip from the condensate line that connects your outdoor unit to your home. This can add up to many gallons of water over the course of the entire summer and it’d be a shame to let it all go to waste. Set a water barrel or bucket beneath the condensate line and use all the water you save to nourish your plants.
When it comes to eco-friendly heating and air in Sacramento Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort is the company you can trust.