The Colorado weather is growing warmer by the day, and if you’re like most Colorado homeowners, then you’re probably dreading the inevitable rise of your utility bills this summer. From watering the lawn a few times each week to maintaining a stable and comfortable temperature in your home, the costs of summertime home maintenance can add up quickly. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with a few tips that will help you improve your home’s efficiency, ultimately lowering your monthly utility bills.
Pure Air Solutions offers AC maintenance, AC repairs, and AC installations in Denver and the surrounding areas. Our experienced and friendly HVAC technicians can help you improve the efficiency of your current system, or they can help you outfit your home with a top-of-the-line system that uses significantly less energy than your current system. Contact our HVAC specialists for a quote today, and read on to learn how you can improve your home’s efficiency!
The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is 20 years, though this by no means guarantees that your system will be operating at peak efficiency until you decide to replace it. While there are several factors that contribute to a system’s efficiency (e.g., the manufacturer, whether you’ve invested in regular AC maintenance, and how well-insulated your home is), air conditioning units generally begin to decline between the ages of 10 and 12 years. The Department of Energy has estimated that investing in an AC replacement after 10 years can save you anywhere between 20 and 40 percent on your monthly utility bills, and the savings only increase as your unit’s age increases.
Although you won’t be using your furnace until next winter, now is the perfect time to invest in a furnace replacement. Furnace replacement costs are at their lowest during the winter, and now is the perfect time to outfit your home with a new, high-efficiency model. Unlike older air conditioning units, furnaces that are between one and two decades old will still have a fairly high efficiency rating — usually between the range of 50 and 70 percent. However, contemporary furnaces can achieve efficiency rates of up to 98 percent, making furnace replacements an extremely smart investment.
After you’ve invested in an AC replacement and a furnace replacement for your home, it’s time to maximize the return on your investment. Your home won’t be able to retain the air your furnace and air conditioner are producing unless it’s properly insulated, and the two primary areas of concern are the basement and the attic. The cold air from the basement will seep through the floor during the winter, making your furnace work harder to maintain a stable temperature throughout your home. An attic with poor insulation, or no insulation whatsoever, will allow both warm and cold air to easily flow out of your home. Older homes with unfinished basements and poorly insulated attics have the potential to negate the efficiency gains made by your new air conditioning unit and furnace, so upgrade your insulation in order to make the most of your new appliances.
If you’ve already invested in an AC replacement, a furnace replacement, and better insulation for your home, then you may be wondering how to further improve your home’s efficiency. In addition to improving your property’s overall value and curb appeal, investing in new trees can reduce your heating and cooling needs throughout the year. Trees with dense canopies will shade your home from ultraviolet rays in the summer, but their bare branches will allow these rays to warm your home during the winter. While the efficiency gains from adding trees to the area around your home are modest, they do add up over time.
Much like your attic, shoddy windows can allow air to easily enter and exit your home, making your HVAC system work much harder to maintain a stable temperature throughout the day. While replacing your old windows with energy-rated models is by far the best way to ensure that you’re retaining the air produced by your heating and cooling system, simple treatments like window coverings and window films can deliver an effective, low-cost way to prevent energy loss.
We hope that these tips will help you improve your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re looking the best way to increase your home’s efficiency while also lowering your monthly utility bills, then you should seriously consider investing in a new AC installation and a furnace replacement from Pure Air Solutions. The HVAC technicians at Pure Air Solutions can help you evaluate your current HVAC system, and they can also help you find replacement products that fit your home’s needs and don’t exceed your budget. We also offer an AC maintenance service that can prevent you from having to make expensive and unexpected AC repairs. Contact our HVAC company today to get started with a free estimate!