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Energy efficiency of your system

One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is to buy a high efficiency heating and cooling system. Keep in mind that:
·Even the lowest efficiency systems currently allowed by the U.S. Government will almost always cost less to operate than a system that was installed ten years ago.
·Most manufacturers offer higher efficiency models which will add to your savings on monthly utility bills.
·Typically, higher efficiency systems will cost more initially, so it's important to look for the right balance between first cost and long-term savings

Managing system operation
No matter how efficient your system is, the way you manage system operation can affect your heating and cooling costs. Naturally, you want to feel comfortable when you're home. But do you really need all that comfort when you're not home?

Do you need all of that comfort while everybody's in bed, sleeping? By remembering to "set back" the temperature on your system's thermostat during times when you don't really need as much comfort, you can save significantly on your monthly utility bill. This type of temperature control can be done automatically with a programmable thermostat. Zoning systems can provide even greater efficiency and comfort by dividing the home into comfort "zones" and providing differing temperatures for each zone.

Age and condition of your home
For a variety of reasons, newer homes are more energy efficient than older ones. They are built to keep conditioned air inside so you are not paying to heat and cool air that easily finds its way out of your home. As a home gets older, settling will cause some of that air-tight construction to loosen up. Regardless of your home's age, you can do some simple maintenance to make sure that will help keep the conditioned air inside, where it belongs.
·Be sure your home is adequately insulated. Adding insulation to attic areas is usually pretty easy. Other areas, such as outside walls, provide a more challenging project if extra insulation is needed.
·Check the seals around windows, doors, electrical outlets or any other potential sources for escaping air. Seal these areas using a good quality caulk, and be sure to re-examine your handiwork every few years.
·Inside your home, weather stripping around moving parts of windows and doors can help seal off potential areas of leakage or drafts.
·Storm doors and windows can provide additional energy savings by preventing air loss and by creating an insulating layer of air.

Hibner Heating and Air Conditioning
745 Scott St. • Memphis, TN 38112 • 901-323-0360
9055 Macon Rd. • Cordova, TN 38018 • 901-759-1170

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