Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Comfortable This Spring

A comfortable atmosphere is one of the most important factors in what makes a house feel like a home. At Air Conditioning Systems, we are dedicated to giving Concord residents that “like home” feeling with elite indoor air quality, heating and cooling services. We also have a deep understanding of how a single home can impact the environment with its energy consumption and pollution emissions. This is why we have compiled these 6 ways to go green and make your home more comfortable for spring.

Seal your home

Cracks and gaps can develop overtime around windows, doors and trim. These cracks not only create uncomfortable drafts in the winter and at night, but it creates a hole for money to just pour out with high energy bills. When your home is not sealed tight, the comfortable air that your home’s HVAC system is working to create will seep out through the cracks or be compromised by the outdoor air that is coming in. Weatherstrip your doors and caulk any cracks around windows to ensure that your home is sealed tight.

Swap out your filters

A clogged air or furnace filter will be forced to use much more energy in order to keep your home comfortable because of dust and dirt that is blocking the way. Air filters catch dirt, dust, pollen and other pollutants that are in your home in order to keep your air clean. Over time, this buildup can clog the filter, rendering it less energy efficient by having to work harder to push the same amount of air past all of this buildup. Keep your air clean and your energy efficiency up by regularly checking and replacing your air and furnace filters.

Nighttime energy use

By using your energy at night, you may be able to receive a discount from your energy provider for “off-hours” use. Doing chores like washing dishes, washing and drying clothes and cooking for the day or week ahead at nighttime can also release extra energy (heat) into the home during the coldest part of the day. This helps you save money and use less energy.

Trust your thermostat

Every thermostat has preferential system settings in order to operate at maximum efficiency. Adhering as closely as possible to these settings will ensure that your home is using its energy properly. Layer clothing or utilize house fans to make up for any differences in comfort.

Go green (literally)

Houseplants are a great way to decorate your home while also improving your indoor air quality, and humidity. On the outside of your house, planting a tree is a great way to improve the environment and the curb appeal or comfort of your home. If you place greenery along the north and northwest sides of your home, it can act as a windblock against the cold winter winds to come.

Whole home water filter

There are a few ways that a whole home water filtration system makes your home more comfortable and eco-friendly. By replacing your standard tap water with great tasting and clean filter water, you can save money and use less plastic by not having to purchase bottled water. Filtered water also contains less chlorine and other harmful chemicals that can compromise your hair, skin and air quality.

For more eco-friendly home comfort advice, or to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for spring in Concord, contact Air Conditioning Systems (ACS) to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts today.

 

Winter Home Comfort Tips from Air Conditioning Systems

Winter in Concord can get downright cold. Though you might opt to cuddle up with a loved one or put on an extra sweater, it can still be hard to get comfortable when the temperatures outside start to drop.

The good news is that there are effective ways to stay comfortable during the winter that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, the team at ACS Air Conditioning Systems has written about these strategies for maintaining home comfort before. To save you the time and hassle of digging deep into our blog archives to find these words of wisdom, we’ve brought them straight to you in our easy to use guide to winter home comfort below.

Our Winter Home Comfort Guide for Concord Homeowners

As the home comfort experts, we know just what it takes to keep Concord homeowners comfortable. Check out our informative resources below for expert tips on how to get and stay comfortable this winter:

Benefits of Controlling Indoor Air Quality

It can be hard to get comfortable knowing that the air inside your home might be harmful for you and your family to breathe in. This article discusses the overall benefits of monitoring your indoor air quality and taking steps to improve it. If you think that just changing your air filter every once in awhile is enough to keep the air inside your home healthy, you may want to read this as it will surprise you.

Got Allergies? Change Up Your Indoor Air Quality to Feel Better

Changes in the weather can cause your allergies to start acting up, especially in the winter time. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma then you’ll want to find out how you can help them breathe easier with the tips in this article. Be sure to share this with someone you know who has allergies or other respiratory problems.

Benefits of Using Programmable Thermostats

Despite your best efforts, you may find it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature without driving your energy bills through the roof. Programmable thermostats make it easier to cut utility costs in the winter as they allow you to adjust the temperature to save energy while you’re away. If you’ve ever considered purchasing a programmable or smart thermostat, you’ll want to read this.

Planning a Furnace Replacement? 3 Things to Think About First

Just can’t seem to get comfortable with that old furnace? Before you buy a replacement, you’ll want to carefully consider what you need in a new heating system and what your options are. This article goes into a little more detail about 3 things you’ll need to think about before buying and installing a new furnace. This is a must-read for anyone that plans to replace their furnace in the near future.

Want to learn more about HVAC, home improvement, indoor air quality, and much more? Be sure to check back on our blog each month for informative content that will help you keep your Concord home comfortable. To connect with us or stay up-to-date with updates from Air Conditioning Systems, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.