The team at Bud Bartley Family of Builders has been in the business of building custom and green homes in the Dallas area for decades. Because of this, we understand that families today who are concerned about the environment desire not only eco-friendly homes, but want to go a step further in their efforts to improve the environment by saving on energy usage. When you live in North Texas, there’s just no getting around the fact that summer months bring sweltering temperatures. For most families, air conditioning is a must.
So, how can you make yours more energy efficient, and thereby increase your ‘green’ factor? Here are a few tips.
Change the air filter – yes, you’ve heard it before. But do you actually do it? It’s important to change your filter frequently, particularly during summer and winter months when your HVAC system is used most. A dirty or clogged filter will wear out your system faster, and cause it to run longer because of the dirt and debris that filter back into the system as it collects old air which gets recirculated.
Have your ducts cleaned by a professional. As horrible as it sounds, there may be more than dust in your ducts! Ducts often have leaks, or areas where dust, dirt, or other debris can infiltrate the system. Rodents may leave droppings and germs. This all results in reduced indoor air quality, and reduced energy efficiency due to partial obstruction of air flow.
Clean return air ducts. This is something you can do yourself, and it will make a difference in adequate air flow. Return air ducts often get clogged with dirt, dust, lint, and other airborne particles. This can block airflow and cause your system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Each time you clean the room, vacuum the dust and debris away to ensure sufficient airflow reaches your HVAC unit.
Depend on an Energy Star rated system. If your current HVAC system is not Energy Star rated and you cannot afford to replace it, be sure to invest in regular tune ups, and follow the tips above. You can enjoy healthier indoor air, lower energy costs, and the fact that you’re helping conserve energy!
At Bud Bartley Family of Builders, we know the importance of green building practices for Dallas homeowners, helping to ensure a healthier environment for future generations.