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From recycling to conserving water to installing solar panels, we are all making efforts to minimize our carbon footprint.

But did you know HVAC systems have a significant impact on carbon emissions? Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the US, and release roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year.

That is why it is crucial our HVAC systems are operating efficiently, not only for our comfort and wallets, but also for the environment.

How to Know if Your HVAC is Energy Efficient

1. Check for Energy Star® Certification

The Energy Star® certification signifies that a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Look for the Energy Star® label on your HVAC unit or check with the manufacturer to confirm if your system is energy efficient.

2. Assess the SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a measure of an HVAC unit’s cooling efficiency. Higher SEER ratings indicate greater energy efficiency. If your unit has a SEER rating of 14 or above, it is considered energy efficient.

3. Examine the AFUE Rating

For heating systems, AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is used to measure the unit’s efficiency. Look for a high AFUE rating, ideally above 90%, to ensure energy-efficient heating.

4. Monitor Energy Consumption

Track your HVAC system’s energy consumption using your utility bills. If you notice a significant increase in energy usage compared to previous months or similar-sized homes, it might indicate that your unit is not operating efficiently.

5. Consider Age and Maintenance

Older HVAC units tend to be less energy efficient compared to newer models. Regular maintenance, such as professional tune-ups and cleaning, can improve energy efficiency.

6. Look for Energy-Saving Features

Modern HVAC units often come equipped with energy-saving features like variable-speed motors, dual-stage compressors, and zoning options.

7. Listen for Noise Levels

Noisy HVAC systems may indicate inefficiency due to excessive wear or poor design. Energy-efficient units are designed to operate quietly.

8. Seek Professional Assessment

Having a licensed HVAC professional perform an energy audit can provide valuable insights into the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, other appliances, and airflow issues

Hage Energy can perform a thorough energy audit, track consumption, identify conservation opportunities, and make recommendations for energy-efficiency improvements. Call to schedule an energy audit and save $50!

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