Getting a Greener Home with a Green Screened Contractor
Your home improvement and maintenance needs from a professional HVAC service can be green, too. Some contractors are “green screened,” meaning that they have accepted the challenge to preserve the environment and to teach customers how to preserve it, as well. They take steps to help lessen their impact on the environment and to service homes with green friendliness in mind. Green screened contractors educate people about green home comfort systems; they offer energy efficient products and services; and they recycle, reuse, and conserve products and supplies both in the office and on site.
In the United States, buildings are estimated to consume about twenty-four percent of all energy. In homes, heating and cooling systems may consume as much as half of a home’s total energy. Green home comfort systems are a big push from green screened contractors to help save energy usage, which as a result helps to save money.
A home comfort system- both heating and cooling- can be green with high efficiency equipment, routine maintenance, and maximum airflow. Each of these areas is important for having an energy efficient heating and cooling system that works to its maximum efficiency and provides adequate airflow and air quality.
An outdated air conditioner or furnace, anywhere from eight to twenty years old, could possibly be wasting a great deal of energy. Green screened contractors can explain the difference between an outdated system and a newer, energy efficient system and the benefits of upgrading. Newer air conditioners have a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) than older models. SEER is a measurement of energy usage and efficiency; the higher the rating, the more money that can potentially be saved. High efficiency furnaces have a similar rating based on Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Upgrading these systems can help you save a significant amount of both energy and money.
Any home comfort system requires routine maintenance to work at full capacity and to have a longer life. Air filters need cleaned frequently; tune-ups and safety checks can be done seasonally; and internal cleaning may be necessary. A green screened contractor can take care of tune-ups and safety checks and other areas of maintenance, but a homeowner has part of the responsibility, as well. Upkeep helps a high efficiency system to work to its rated potential for the most energy savings.
Whenever you need home service, looking for a green screened contractor ensures that your home will be provided with green options and serviced by green-conscious technicians. Your heating and cooling systems potentially waste the most energy out of all other equipment, so a green home comfort system may be the best way to go. A green screened contractor can teach you other ways to preserve energy and practice environmental awareness apart from a green home comfort system, as well. Look for a green screened contractor and get a greener home today for a better tomorrow!
This article was provided by Gillece Services. For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Pittsburgh Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Indoor Air Quality, Water Quality, and Waterproofing services.