Certain telltale signs indicate it's time to consider replacing
heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance
of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional
contractor to help you make a change if:
- Your heat pump or air conditioner
is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing with ENERGY
STAR qualified equipment
uses 20 percent less energy than new standard models.
- Your furnace or boiler is more than
15 years old. Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified
15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If
you have a boiler,
consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler
that is 10% more efficient than a new, standard model.
- Your equipment needs frequent repairs
and your energy bills are going up. Your cooling or heating
my have become
- Some rooms in your home are too hot
or too cold. Improper equipment operation, duct
could be the
- No one is home for long periods of
the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat. Install
thermostat or have a good contractor install
one and instruct you on its use--to start saving energy
money while they're
away or sleeping.
- Your home has humidity problems.
Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky
ductwork can cause
the air to be too dry in the winter or too
humid in the summer.
- Your home has excessive dust. Leaky
ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl
them throughout your house. Sealing your
ducts may be a solution.
- Your heating or cooling system is
noisy. You could have an undersized duct system
or a problem
the indoor coil
your cooling equipment.
- Your score on the Home Energy Yardstick
is below five. That means your energy
use at home
average and you're
paying more than you need to on energy