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The Energy Star Should be Your Guiding Light for Cooling and Heating Upgrades

14Aug

When you’re looking to upgrade heating and cooling equipment in your home, it’s very important to look for the Energy Star efficiency label. You may have noticed that there is a huge push toward using appliances and equipment that have that label associated with them. In fact, some stores will even offer you discounts when you trade in old equipment and upgrade with Energy Star products.

Equipment and appliances that have this label use technology that helps to manage your energy output more efficiently. This is a great aid to assist you in saving money on your energy bills throughout the year; up to a whopping 30 percent. Most new appliances offer this technology on heating, cooling equipment and home appliances.

Up to half of the energy that is consumed in your home is utilized for heating and cooling. Even if you haven’t been considering replacing your equipment, if it’s more than 10 years old, it’s a smart move to have it evaluated for efficiency and the need for possible replacement. In addition, checking the air ducts, possible leaks and insulation in your home is an essential first step. Many times, you aren’t getting the comfort that you seek simply because of these problems, rather than the equipment itself.

If you do have your system replaced, make sure that you do so with a licensed professional. Sometimes systems are improperly installed, which will ultimately lead to leaks, air ducts clogging and other problems. This is counterproductive in trying to save energy, since it’s wasting your money, wasting your energy and can reduce the equipment’s efficiency by as much as 30 percent. You also are putting your equipment at risk for early breakdown.

Bear these tips in mind as you get ready to replace old equipment so that you can get the best out of your equipment and make the most of your energy.

For more information on the Energy Star program, or for other advice on heating and cooling your home efficiently, contact us at Gulf Coast Air Systems, Inc. We proudly serve residents of Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, Lithia, Plant City and Sun City Center.

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