Even if you aren’t interested in “going green”, new technology and environmentally friendly solutions can provide extra safety…and often save you some cash in the process. Here are a few tips and tools to help make your home or office a bit greener.
- Update your duct wrap. Duct wrap is designed to reduce heat loss and gain occurring in air ducts as well as protect from air currents, vapors, moisture and unwanted radiant heat. Quite Duct Wrap is made from recycled denim fabric diverted from landfills. The product carries a Class-A Fire Rating, and is free of irritants (such as fiberglass) and has low VOCs.
- Try duel fuel heating. These heat pumps utilize a mixture of gas and electric to provide more efficient heating. Higher temperatures trigger the use of electricity while colder temperatures use gas heat. A dual system can cost a bit more upfront but the investment can be recouped through energy savings over several years.
- Use a programmable thermostat to set temperatures to appropriate levels based on use. Businesses can lower air conditioner and heating use during off hours. Home thermostats can be set at higher temperatures (in the summer) and lower (in the winter) during work/school hours and vacations. Programmable thermostats can save approximately $150 a year, according to the EPA.
- Geo-exchange systems make use of the constant temperature found just a few feet under the ground. Geothermal heat pumps use a fluid such as water or refrigerant to absorb the Earth’s heat to warm the air inside. In the summer, the system works in reverse to cool.
- Repair air leaks with caulk, caulking cord, weather stripping or expanding foam. Leaks can be found by closing up the home or office, lighting a candle and passing it around the edges of doors, windows and other common leak sites. Sealing these links can help save energy and lower the utility bill.
Greener and more sustainable heating and cooling is usually a matter of using the appropriate equipment, applying proper maintenance and, occasionally, taking advantage of newer/updated technologies. Fortunately, running a more environmentally friendly home or office often means a little more “green” saved, as well.