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Keep the House Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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Green Ways To Heat a Home

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it means that winter is nearing its end. However, there are likely still several weeks that Seattle natives will need to continue heating their homes. Traditionally, it is custom to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid getting pinched. This year homeowners can help their homes go green by investing in eco-friendly technology and habits. Taking these steps can help homeowners lower their heating bills for all the winters to come and be more environmentally-friendly. 

Keep the Filter Clean

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The single most important habit for homeowners to get into when it comes to their home’s HVAC system is to change the filters regularly. Clean filters help keep the air inside the home from being burdened by high amounts of allergens, dust, and viruses, but they also help the heating system operate more efficiently. 

When new filters are installed into a heating system, they immediately begin grabbing little nasty particles from the air. As the particles build up in the filters, it prohibits the free movement of air through the fibers in the filter. This causes the air in the home to not circulate properly and will result in a loss of performance and higher heating bills.  

Install Programmable Thermostats

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Using technology to help homes be more green is the wave of the future. New programmable and smart thermostats make managing the temperature of a home and saving money on heating and cooling bills a breeze. Some of the benefits of installing new, green thermostats are:

  • Cheap to install
  • Easy to operate
  • Saves lots of money
  • Increases comfort of the living spaces
  • Raises efficiency

Programmable thermostats work by allowing the user to program certain temperatures for the thermostat to maintain throughout the day. For example, during the day when the home is unoccupied, temperatures can be set higher or lower depending on the season so that equipment isn’t working to maintain a  setpoint all day. This is why they can save so much money.

Smart thermostats are usually programmable and have wireless capability, allowing the user to control the thermostat from anywhere. Smart thermostats can save money and are fun because most models enable users to track their energy savings over a period of time. 

Use Eco-Friendly Space Heaters

Another great way to save money and help the home go green this year is to invest in eco-friendly space heaters. Eco-friendly space heaters are specially designed to use less energy and are certainly more environmentally-friendly than burning fossil fuels to heat a home. 

One of the main benefits of using space heaters is that the central heating system can be turned down, and space heaters can be used to keep occupied spaces warmer for the occupants. This can be especially valuable in places like living rooms and bedrooms where extra heating may be desired, but it may be inefficient to heat an entire home to that temperature. 

About Gene Johnson Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical

Gene Johnson Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical has been building long-lasting customer relationships in Seattle for 45 years. Their expert technicians handle problems quickly to save their customers time and money. Contact them to learn more about eco-friendly heating services in Seattle.