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Home Energy Savings on Earth Day

Lets celebrate Earth Day with home energy savings in MINUTES! Did you know, as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling?

Maintaining and making smart improvements to your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills—and your comfort.

How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Cooling

  • (5 mins or less) Turn up the temperature — To save electricity during the summer, set the temperature above 75°. Every degree below this will add an extra three to five percent to your energy bill.
  • (5 mins or less) Change direction of ceiling fans — Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction as a way of creating a nice, gentle wind.
  • (5-10 mins) Don’t block vents in well-used rooms — Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like curtains, carpets or furniture so your air conditioner can operate efficiently and there is even cool air distribution.
  • (30-60 mins) Schedule a AC Cleaning — Having an annual maintenance performed on your air conditioner by a licensed technician will help ensure it operates at its peak efficiency and catches any potential breakdowns before they occur. Check out our maintenance agreement plans.
  • (More than 60 mins) Upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioner – Swapping your old, inefficient air conditioning system for a high-efficient one can cut electricity bills by one-third. Consult one of our professional technicians to ensure your system is the right size for your home, and you aren’t over- or under-cooling for your space needs.

Heating

  • (5 mins or less) Change furnace filter How often you change the filter depends on many factors such as the type of filter, if you have pets, and the type of system you have. It’s recommended to check your filters every 1-3 months.
  • (5 mins or less) Change direction of ceiling fans — Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. In the winter, the blades should operate in a clockwise direction helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room.
  • (5-10 mins) Don’t block vents in well-used rooms — Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like curtains, carpets or furniture so your furnace can operate efficiently and there is even heat distribution.
  • (30-60 mins) Install a programmable thermostat — A programmable thermostat enables you to control your home’s temperature when you’re away or asleep. For every 1° you lower your thermostat for seven hours per day, you save one percent on your heating bill.
  • (30-60 mins) Schedule a Furnace Cleaning — Having an annual maintenance performed on your furnace by a licensed technician will help ensure it operates at its peak efficiency and catches any potential breakdowns before they occur. Check out our maintenance agreement plans.
  • (More than 60 mins) Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace — New high-efficiency furnaces use up to 50% less fuel than an older system. It can save you up to 25 percent of your home-heating costs in one year, and within a few years, you’ll have recovered the initial cost of replacing/upgrading your furnace. Choosing a model with an energy efficient motor can save 20 to 50 percent of the energy needed to continuously operate a fan motor. Let us show you the advantages of replacing your old furnace today.

Why Should I Buy Energy Star Labeled Equipment?

The average home spends about $1,900 annually on energy bills. Heating and cooling accounts for as much as half of a home’s energy use. The EPA provides important recommendations for energy-efficient equipment including proper sizing, quality installation and maintenance, and other home improvement considerations to help you get the most out of the heating and cooling products you purchase, save energy, and save as much as 20% annually on your total energy costs.

ENERGY STAR qualified products prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

How On the Mark is Celebrating Earth Day Year Round

  • Following EPA guidelines to shrink our carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environment awareness when installing and disposing of any hvac equipment
  • Keeping in touch with our customers virtually by communicating via email and phone and utilizing paperless proposals and invoices

At On the Mark, we would be happy to answer your questions and provide recommendations to improve your home’s HVAC system. Whether you are looking to maintain, repair or replace your furnace or AC, or are looking to replace your furnace or AC to improve efficiency, contact us today at 847.630.9562 or book online!

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