If you love the idea of making your Richmond, VA, home as green as possible, start with your HVAC system. There are plenty of energy-efficient HVAC strategies to reduce your energy costs as well as your carbon footprint.
Switch to Reusable Air Filters
You have to throw away traditional fiberglass air filters every couple of months, which means you're adding to the local landfill. Some reusable air filters are designed to be long lasting. While you'll have to dispose of these eventually, they'll still last longer than the fiberglass variety. You just remove them, clean them, and allow them to dry thoroughly before reinstalling them.
Reusable air filters come in several types. Electrostatic models serve as the most common options. They're made of metal and other materials that generate electric charges as air passes through them. They capture more dust and debris than a fiberglass filter, and as long as you clean them every few months, they'll continue to battle dust without creating additional waste.
Since reusable air filters are more durable, they can also reduce your energy bills. They don't restrict airflow as much as fiberglass filters, so your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard to pump conditioned air throughout your home.
Add More Insulation
A well-insulated home prevents heat loss and heat gain. Therefore, you will continue to enjoy a comfortable home without the extra expense and energy usage. It's not unusual to find that insulation is lacking or insufficient in bathrooms, kitchens, attics and other areas of your home. We can inspect your insulation and let you know what areas could benefit from the added insulation.
Even the smallest cracks can allow heat to seep in or out of your home. Insulation acts as a barrier between the outdoors and your home. The right amount of insulation in the right areas will prevent heat transfer so that your home is efficiently heated in winter and cooled in summer.
If you would like more ideas to make your home green and more energy efficient, we're here to help. Call Air Excellence, Inc. today at 804-885-3888.
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