Heating and cooling systems foul up the environment in more ways than one. For example, HVAC systems harm the environment when they release dangerous gases, end up in landfills, or use more energy than they should. Here are a few measures you can take to heat and cool your home with minimal environmental impact.
Size Your HVAC Properly
There are two main ways in which using an oversized HVAC system is bad for the environment. First, an oversized HVAC will be using more energy than a properly-sized HVAC would use to heat and cool the same home. Secondly, an oversized HVAC is likely to experience frequent breakdowns and may not last as long as a properly-sized one. This hastens the day some of your HVAC's parts will end up in the landfill when a replacement is called for.
Maintain Your HVAC
Poor maintenance is another thing that may make your HVAC foul up the environment faster and more than it should. For example, if you are running your HVAC with dirty filters, the system won't have adequate air circulation, which will reduce its energy efficiency. Another example is if you are running an HVAC system with leaking air ducts; in this case, the ducts will be leaking heated or conditioned air, which also increases energy inefficiency. Lastly, a poorly-maintained HVAC is also susceptible to frequent breakdowns that may necessitate frequent part replacements – with some of the materials ending up in the landfill.
Ensure Your Home Is Properly Insulated
The more energy your HVAC system uses, the more it is hurting the environment. This is why you need to ensure that the air inside your house is properly insulated from the outside environment. If your house isn't properly insulated, then you will be losing some of the heat to the outside environment during the cold months. The house will also be affected by the outside heat during the hot seasons. Both of these will cause energy inefficiency for your HVAC system.
Buy Energy Efficient HVAC
Lastly, if you plan to install or replace your HVAC system, then you should opt for an energy-efficient system. As a general rule, Energy Star-rated HVAC systems are more energy-efficient than other HVAC systems. This is both good for your energy bills and for the environment because they provide the same heating and cooling with lower energy consumption as compared to other systems.
As you can see, you don't have to be an enemy of the environment to enjoy comfortable temperatures in your house. Consult an HVAC technician from a company like Pell City Heating & Cooling Inc for further help on how to make your HVAC more environmentally friendly.