Four Tips For Household Maintenance and Cleaning Routines
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re all focused on keeping a germ-free, healthy home this winter – and energy efficiency can play a valuable role in those efforts. While sales of cleaning products have increased 34% since late February, incorporating these energy-efficient indoor air quality tips into your household maintenance and cleaning routines can help you stay healthy while saving energy and money.
1. Maintain Your Home’s HVAC system
According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can decrease your or heating unit’s energy consumption by 5-15%. Experts suggest that homeowners have their HVAC system
serviced at least once a year to keep it running smoothly
2. Keep Air Circulating and Control Humidity Levels
Reversing your ceiling fan to spin in the clockwise direction will push warmer air down into the room, reducing the need for your furnace to use excess energy. To monitor the humidity levels in your home, consider an energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR®-certified dehumidifier for your whole house or a portable one for a single room.
3. Invest in Energy-Efficient Air Filtration Equipment.
An ENERGY STAR-certified room air purifier, which is nearly 27% more energy-efficient than standard models, will remove particles like dust and pollen from the air in your home, promoting good respiratory health.
4. Take Advantage of Weatherization Services
Eversource’s Home Energy Assessment with ENERGY STAR program offers indoor air quality protections, such as air-sealing and duct sealing and testing. Not only will these services help save you energy and money, but they will also help you avoid pollutant exposure problems in your home.
Two Ways You Can Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Emissions While Practicing Healthy Habits
During these unprecedented times, health experts are not only emphasizing the importance of personal health, but overall public health. The World Health Organization
says taking steps to minimize your carbon footprint can help by reducing carbon emissions and the emissions of a variety of air pollutants linked to poor lung health.
1. Maintaining Your Equipment and Appliances
If you have exposed condenser coils on your fridge or freezer, regularly cleaning them can save you about $500 over a 10-15 year period
. Also, keeping your refrigerator about two-thirds full can help improve its efficiency and promote good airflow.
2. Cleaning Door Seals.
Air leaks around doors account for about 18-20 percent of heat loss in a typical home – so don’t forget to maintain your door seals to keep air from escaping and allergens like dust and pollen from entering your home
Whether you're looking to maintain a clean, healthy home this winter or searching for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, energy efficiency can help.
If you’re not sure where to begin, consider participating in a Home Energy Assessment with ENERGY STAR to determine unique opportunities for energy-saving measures in your home. Check out the Save Money & Energy
section for additional information on energy efficiency upgrades and the rebates and incentives available to make them more affordable.