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greenenergy posted a blog entry in Green EnergyBuying a new air conditioning system can be a major investment, but sometimes a necessary one. The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is around ten years, more if you’ve had a licensed company perform regular maintenance on your AC. The air conditioning system should provide optimal comfort within the required energy-efficiency levels. The air conditioner should maintain desired humidity levels during the hot summer days, but still, lower the temperature to provide comfort. Even if you had your furnace maintained and repaired by expert technicians, after a certain time it stops functioning efficiently and repairs are more costly than replacement. In this article, we list a couple of signs that might indicate your air conditioning system is ready to be replaced. How Long Have You Had It? On average, an AC system can last anywhere between ten to fifteen years. If your AC is soon to turn ten and starts showing signs of malfunctioning, you should probably replace it instead of investing in extensive repairs over and over. If your average monthly air conditioning costs are more than average in your neighborhood, it might not operate as efficiently. Older models are also less eco-friendly as they use an outdated R22 refrigerant. Adapting the old system to meet the new industry standards can be difficult and expensive, and getting a replacement AC system makes more sense. It Produces a Lot of Dust and Noise If you notice more dust around the home and replacing the filter in the AC system does not do the trick, you might be dealing with a leaky ductwork. These leaks reduce your AC system’s efficiency and increase the costs of running it. If the system also produces a lot of noise, your AC system might not be large enough to effectively cool your home. The Costs are Getting Ridiculously High If the costs of running the Air Conditioner are getting too high and you’re using it as you always have, this indicates the system has lost its efficiency. Another thing you should look at is how expensive repairing the constant issues with your AC system is getting and how often you have to call an air conditioning repairmen to solve those issues. Humidity and Cooling The air conditioning unit should manage the desired humidity levels to ensure your comfort. When the AC system is at its optimal efficiency the temperature is even throughout your home. But if the AC system cannot keep the desired humidity and cooling levels your equipment might be faulty or there might be something wrong with the ductwork. The amount of money needed to repair those issues can be high, and sometimes replacing your air conditioner makes much more sense, especially if it’s nearing its lifespan.
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeEnergy waste and misuse is at an all-time high. This poorly coincides with the current state of the economy and job market. Home owners need to carefully conserve both resources and their hard earned money through being energy efficient. Below explains four tips to make your home more energy efficient. Energy Conservation One of the appliances that consumes the most energy is the water heater. Ensure that the water heater temperature is below 120 degrees. This will save energy and avoid potential overheating of plumbing pipes. Make sure that the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer are energy efficient models. A recent USA Today report revealed that Americans waste 4 billion dollars every year through inefficient clothes dryers. A standard dryer will consume as much as an energy efficient refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes washer. Research by McKinsey & Company in 2009 found that American homes and businesses spend over $130 billion dollars to power standby appliances. If an appliance is not in use, unplug it. Schedule Regular Air Conditioner Tune-ups Most homes need an AC to regulate temperatures and maintain indoor air quality. However, air conditioners consume an enormous amount of energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Star certified AC’s are 15 percent more efficient than conventional models and can be installed by companies like Spokane Air Conditioning Installation. If an upgrade isn’t necessary, regularly scheduled AC maintenance will ensure that the unit runs smoothly and will save money in the long run. Most people don’t realize that indoor air pollution can be worse than the outside air. A recent study by the National Institute of Health has shown that cardiovascular health can be improved through air conditioning. Windows According to the National Resources Defense Council, over 30 percent of a home's total heat loss occurs through windows and doors. Replace older single-pane windows with double-pane windows. Check for drafts and seal all window edges and cracks with caulk. Consider using shades or drapes to keep out the heat during the summer and keeping them open on sunny winter days. Light Pollution Light pollution isn’t something to take lightly. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, over 30 percent of lighting is wasted. Incandescent lights are very inefficient and over 90 percent of the energy is wasted as heat. Fluorescent lights conserve more energy the longer they are turned on. Most importantly, turn off lights when nobody is in the room. Home owners can conserve energy and save money through upgrading appliances, scheduling AC tune-ups, upgrading windows and reducing light pollution. Through these steps, you will be well on your way to running a more energy efficient home while also saving some cash along the way.