Does Heat or AC Use More Energy?

air conditioning service in Garner NCToday, we're tackling the age old question of which uses more energy, heating or cooling? Recent studies have proven that heating your home uses more energy than cooling. You're probably thinking, “But I live in the South, that can’t be right!” Trust me; it’s true unless you live in a location where you just don't ever turn on your heat.

Choice Heating and Air knows that whether you are heating or cooling your home you want the most energy efficient comfort possible. If the HVAC system in your home is old or if you haven't had it serviced in the last six months, you could be paying more for your air conditioning or heat than you need to. Call Choice Heating and Air today and schedule your air conditioning service in Garner NC. Let our professional technicians clean and inspect your unit and identify little problems before they become big ones.

Energy Star conducted a study that concluded that home heating costs are close to 50% of the average household’s annual energy bills. If you live in a colder climate, that number could be closer to 60-70%. Another study to analyze heating and cooling costs was done by the University of Michigan. This study took urban cities with contrasting climates and compared the energy costs. The studies discovered that heating a home in a typical cold climate (Minneapolis) during the coldest months of the year took about 3 ½ times more energy than it took to cool a home in a warm climate (Miami) during the hotter months. Other cities used in the study were: San Diego, San Francisco, Orlando, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Chicago.

As you probably know, more energy equals more money. And since heating costs more than cooling you may be in need of some ideas on how to bring those costs down.

    •Using a space heater in the room where your family spends the most time. A space heater can warm the room quickly, and the furnace can be turned down.
    • Sealing drafts around doors and windows as well as areas around electrical sockets.
    • Sealing leaks in ductwork with metal tape or mastic sealant.
    • Installing a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature while you are working or sleeping.
    • Keeping curtains open during those sunny days to allow the sun to heat your home and then closing the curtains to keep the heat inside.
    • Changing out the filters in your furnace. Dirty filters could be making the system work extra hard due to a constrained air flow.

Getting a home energy rating from your energy provider can provide you with your personal energy uses. You may be surprised to learn where your energy is being used, and your money spent. Ask your Choice Heating and Air representative about how much you could be saving with a new Energy Star rated system.

Whether you select a new HVAC system or a programmable thermostat, the key to keeping your energy costs low begins with your home. Taking the time to perform small tasks like caulking around windows and doors, changing the filters in your furnace or air returns and having your duct work sealed can make a significant impact on your home heating costs.

Affordable Air Conditioning Service in Garner NC | Choice HVAC

Are you starting to think your air conditioner is history because it’s just not working anymore? Don’t suffer in the heat! Call Choice HVAC of Garner now! We’re the leading provider of air conditioning service in Garner NC. Our team is made up of highly trained experts with years of experience who can answer the questions you have. Give us a call today for a free estimate, or to schedule an appointment.

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