Do any of these scenarios apply to you?
- Your house is never completely comfortable. Some of your rooms are too hot, others, too cold.
- You leave your thermostat programmed to one setting, day and night, regardless of who is in the house and what you are doing.
- Or, your heating and air system is older than ten years, and is requiring more frequent repairs.
If any of these sound familiar, it may be time to consider upgrading your system. The EPA has something called ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to compare your household’s energy use to others across the country. If you score below five, you’re using and paying for more energy at home than most Americans. Ricotta Heating & Air is a good place to start getting information. We are happy to provide suggestions and an estimate that fits your needs and your budget. Plus – from now through December 31, 2010, you may qualify for federal tax incentives.
As you pull together information for a possible upgrade, here is some information to consider:
- If every one of your rooms seems to be a different temperature, inadequate air sealing or insufficient insulation could be the culprit. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated, you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder.
- When your heating & cooling system needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up, this signals a time to act. In addition to the rise in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment means it’s become less efficient than it should be. If your system is more than 10 years old, think replacement rather than fixing. Over the span of just a few years, this is the better investment.
- If you are setting and leaving your thermostat set at one constant temperature, you could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity. A programmable thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping – and saves you dollars.
Still have questions? Give Ricotta Heating & Air a call. We are in your neighborhood, and we can help you decide which energy efficient systems will work best for you!
-LEW of the Ricotta Blog Team