Cutting Edge Solutions For Energy Efficiency
Save On Energy Bills with Programmable Thermostats, Temperature Zoning Systems and Proper Humidification
Today’s homes are built to be more energy efficient with high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, EnergyStar® compliant appliances, advanced building practices and more. Still, there are lots of additional things you can do as a homeowner to significantly improve your home’s efficiency and lower your energy costs. Here are some practical, inexpensive solutions you should consider to help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency and save more on your utility bills.
Using a programmable thermostat is one of the smartest and simplest ways to trim heating and cooling costs. When used as directed, a programmable thermostat can save you big money – up to $200 or 33% on your annual heating and cooling costs depending on your geographic region and overall usage. Programmable thermostats are easy to install and use. You set the thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you are away from home or asleep – when you don’t necessarily need optimum comfort – and your heating and air conditioning equipment runs less. Plus, your heating or cooling comes back to a comfort level automatically when you come home or wake up. THERE’s MORE…you may qualify for additional rebates and discounts from your utility company. See If You Qualify for a Programmable Thermostat Discount or Rebate!
Temperature Zoning Systems
Why heat or cool the rooms you aren’t using? In the old days, you had to buy a new heating and air conditioning system for every room…and go from room to room to turn on and off. Not any more. Temperature Zoning makes it possible to control heating and cooling comfort where you want it, when you want it. Today’s Temperature Zoning Systems work hand-in-hand with programmable thermostats to allow precise temperature control in different areas or rooms of your home.
Here’s how temperature zoning works: your Temperature Zoning System uses dampers in your ductwork that open and close as needed based on each zone’s thermostat settings. When a zone is at the selected temperature, and doesn’t need to be heated or cooled, the dampers close to save energy and maximize comfort elsewhere. Think of it as controlling your heating and cooling the same way you control your lights — a thermostat controls each zone to the temperature you choose.
Whole House Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers
Air in your home that is too dry can be uncomfortable to breathe, and can damage wood products like flooring, furniture and cabinetry. In the winter, it’s especially important to add moisture to the air, since dry winter air can drive down the relative humidity level in your home to as low as 15%, which is drier than the air in most deserts. On the flipside, air that has too much moisture can cause your home to feel sticky or damp, create condensation on windows and other cold surfaces, cause air to smell musty or even allow mold and mildew to form. But by installing Humidification and Dehumidification Systems, you can automatically maintain the proper levels of humidity in your home for increased comfort and energy savings.
A Whole House Humidifier can help keep the humidity in your home at the proper level in the winter months or other dry times of the year. Because moist air can feel warmer than dry air, a Whole-House Humidifier may allow you to set your thermostat back 2-3 degrees to save energy in the winter and still feel comfortable.
A Whole House Dehumidifier is installed in your home’s central heating and cooling system, and works to eliminate excess moisture in all rooms throughout your home during summer months. Most also feature an integrated ventilation control that introduces outside fresh air into the home.
Your Heating and Cooling System Runs Best When it Runs Clean.
Your heating and cooling system is most efficient when it is free from dirt and dust and has smooth, unobstructed air flow. Keeping your system clean also prevents particles and contaminants from circulating in your home and affecting the air your family breathes. A wide assortment of whole-house indoor air quality solutions can help keep your heating and cooling system clean.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. Improve the air quality in your home with a Whole-House Air Cleaner/Filtration System. When installed in your home’s heating and cooling system, Whole-House Air Cleaners and Filters remove up to 98% of airborne particles — including dirt, dust and allergens — so they don’t build up on your equipment. That means your heating and cooling system will run better, require less maintenance and have a longer operating lifecycle.
During humid periods, mold and mildew can grow in the damp recesses of furnaces or on air conditioning coils. This can cause unhealthy particles to flow through the air, and reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. When installed into your home’s heating and cooling system, an Ultraviolet (UV) Air Treatment System can neutralize and remove surface mold spores and airborne bacteria to make sure they don’t survive in your duct system and circulate throughout your home.
Regular filter cleaning or replacement is also crucial. By far, the most common causes of heating and cooling system breakdowns or insufficient performance are dirty filters or filters in need of replacement. Whatever you do, make sure that you stick to your recommended maintenance schedule and clean or replace your filters according to the schedule. If excessive dirt and dust build up on your filters or in your system before your next scheduled cleaning or replacement, contact Horizon Services.
Finally, nothing beats a heating or air conditioning precision tune-up. After several months of inactivity, your system can get a little rusty. Dirt and dust can accumulate. Start each season knowing that your system is clean, in fine working order and tuned for maximum efficiency.
Horizon Services Has Your Energy Efficiency Answers!
Horizon Services can help you choose and install the proper programmable thermostat, zoning system, humidification/dehumidification system, or air quality system for your home. We’re also here to provide precision tune-ups and regular system maintenance for your home heating or air conditioning system. Contact Horizon to See How We Can Save You Energy and Money!