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How to Make Your Home More Efficient

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Living More Efficiently

We could all use a little more efficiency in our lives, right? Well, we are experts in home efficiency, and we’re here to help you gain the knowledge to save money and improve performance throughout your home plumbing and HVAC systems.

Efficiency is classified as the amount of work performed by a machine (or person) compared to the amount of energy expensed. So for an air conditioner, this would be how much cool air is produced by a certain amount of energy. The less energy used for the same amount of cool air, the more efficient the unit.

This concept applies to other appliances in your home like water heaters, furnaces, and more. It also applies to your daily habits and how you spend the resources you have.

Here’s how to get maximum efficiency around your home, which saves you money on energy.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning efficiency is measured using a SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a numerical rating discovered by applying the concept from above. The less energy used to create the same amount of cool air compared to other units would make a particular AC unit more efficient. This saves you money while not compromising on home comfort — a win-win!

For maximum efficiency on your air conditioning system, regular maintenance, both on your own and from a professional, is crucial for keeping your system efficient. Change out your air filters every 30 to 90 days based on when they tend to get full. Clogged filters can make your system work harder to provide cool air since there is less room for air to flow. This reduces efficiency, costs you more money in energy, and can lead to future problems.

Smart Thermostats

Another way to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is to install a smart thermostat. A step up from standard programmable thermostats, smart versions can be even more precise and save you from wasting money.

With a smart thermostat, you can program your AC to adjust the temperature when you leave for work every day or when you usually go to sleep. You won’t have to remember to set the temperature yourself, and you’ll be able to let the thermostat do more of the work. You can also do most actions right from your internet-connected device!

Plumbing & Water Efficiency

Plumbing efficiency doesn’t get talked about enough, but it’s a major part of taking care of your home.

Sealing Leaks

Pipe and water flow efficiency means cutting down on any wasted water that you pay for. From a slow drip to a full-on leak, water is being wasted, and that means money is being wasted, too.

If you suspect a leak is present, contact our leak detection experts who can find the source and fix the problem before it turns into a larger issue.

Reducing Water Use

Cutting down on water usage isn’t just about taking a shorter shower, but it’s cutting out waste when possible. Did you know that an ENERGY STAR dishwasher can save you almost 4,000 gallons of water over its lifetime? ENERGY STAR also says that using the dishwasher can save you $135 per year in utility costs compared to hand washing. So if you’re looking for maximum efficiency, make sure to use the dishwasher if you have one.

Other simple ways to save water are turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, reducing time in the shower, and using low-flow toilets and fixtures.

Highly Trained Technicians Focused on Efficiency

At ServiceOne Air Conditioning & Plumbing, our experts are focused on giving you the best experience possible, both while we’re at your home and after we leave. Contact us today at (407) 499-8333 for more information on how we can help you achieve better home efficiency.


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