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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Hoover (Carbon Dan)

Energy Conservation Tip #5 - HVAC Upgrades

Greetings Energy Heroes!

Carbon Dan the Solar Man from Carbon Recall here, back again with another energy conservation tip to help you achieve your 0 electric home.

In our last few articles, we have been covering relatively minor items that, while saving you a little money, do little in the grand scheme of achieving 0 Electric. We mention these strategies not only because they add some value, but also to help you dip your toes into the pool of energy efficiency. To become more comfortable with the concepts of reducing your carbon footprint, if you will.

Moving forward, we will be discussing major upgrades! Upgrades that will likely cost a bit upfront, but save you thousands in the long run!

These next few articles are not for the faint of heart, but together, we will persevere!

First up on the list of majors, is your HVAC unit. In the 'South', we know how much this puppy can run. Contributing as much as 50% to your overall electric bill, the HVAC unit runs the most during the 3 hottest months of the year…July, August, & September.

At my house, we actually get so much condensation from it we can water our garden! And an outdated system will run even more!

A lot of the solar companies will try to size your system to those hottest months. And why not, it means they sell you more panels. Logically though, what do all those excess panels do the other 9 months out of the year?

Look, we are not recommending that you go out and buy a new HVAC unit right away. But, if you know the HVAC unit is approaching the end of life…if it's older than 10 years…consider a smaller solar panel system and plan for an HVAC upgrade.

In all likelihood, the money you spend upgrading the HVAC unit will be saved on your solar panel system by requiring fewer panels overall.

There is nothing worse than an AC unit dying in the middle of August. Emergency rates are through the roof, and you are guaranteed to have at least a few uncomfortable hours of heat.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, give us a call to see how much a new HVAC unit could save you!

  • HVAC unit is older than 10 years

  • HVAC unit is blowing warmer air than usual

  • HVAC unit has poor airflow

  • Excess humidity in the home

  • Strange odors

  • Shorter running cycles

Interested in taking your home all the way to 0 electric? Contact us today for a customized Energy Solutions Plan!

Until next time Energy Hero's!

Carbon Recall York

803-306-6380 (NET0)

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