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Friday, May 31, 2013

HVAC Tips for Maintaining an Energy-Efficient Home

Are you looking for ways to reduce your electric bill without sacrificing comfort? Ensuring that your home is energy efficient not only reduces the workload on your HVAC system in Omaha, it’ll save you money on your bills this summer.

Service Your Air Conditioner
Summer is when your air conditioner is working its hardest, and a poorly-functioning unit will only drain electricity—and money—without providing the results you need. Schedule your air conditioner for servicing this spring before temperatures rise.
A full professional service visit checks all the components of your unit to ensure they are functioning properly and at peak efficiency. Even if you’re not experiencing any problems with airflow or temperature, regular checkups on your unit will catch small problems before they can become a big energy drain.

Cool Only the Rooms You Use
One great way to reduce electricity usage and lower the load on your air conditioner is to cool only the rooms you utilize. Rooms such as basements, bathrooms, and guest rooms that are rarely used don’t need to be cooled around the clock. Close off the vents to these rooms to allow cool air to circulate directly to the high-traffic areas of your home. Using blinds or curtains in rooms to block direct sunlight will also help to keep internal temperatures down and reduce your HVAC’s workload in Omaha. Additionally, if no one is in your home for much of the day, set the temperature higher until you return.

Choose ENERGY STAR Products
You may have heard of ENERGY STAR rating, but what does it mean? ENERGY STAR products must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency that are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Not only are you choosing a greener product, but one that will save you money through efficient functioning as well. If your air conditioner requires replacement this summer, consider an ENERGY STAR-rated unit. Opting to replace an older central air conditioning unit with an ENERGY STAR product could lower the cost of cooling your home by 30%.

Clean and Seal Your Ducts
Dirty or leaky ductwork in your home can significantly reduce the efficiency of your cooling system. In fact, you could be losing up to 30% of your airflow to leaky ducts! Your air conditioner must work harder to push air through leaky ducts, and in some cases cool air may not even be reaching the areas where you need it most. This not only increases your energy bill, but also increases the load on your air conditioner and can lead to burnout. To prevent these losses, have an HVAC professional visit your Omaha home to perform a duct cleaning and energy audit. Have any leaky or old ducts sealed or replaced for improved airflow and efficiency.

Are you ready to improve the efficiency of your Omaha home and enjoy energy savings? Visit the Aksarben website to learn more about how we can help prepare your HVAC system for summer. You can browse through our blog for more tips on improving the energy efficiency of your home.


  1. Really great idea to maintain our home's HVAC equipment. You have mentioned such an interesting stuff here about HVAC repair. Cleaning and servicing are very important for HVAC and regular servicing is the essential.

  2. Its an excellent decision to use energy star products as today Global warming is becoming a serious concern threatening planet earth. It is wise to save energy and at the same time use electricity wisely.

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