May 03, 2011 11:29 ET

Tips for Improved Home HVAC Energy Efficiency

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - There are plenty of things you can do to make a lasting difference when it comes to improving your HVAC energy efficiency this season and all year long. Here are a few quick tips from Trane to help you maximize your home heating and cooling, while minimizing your energy bill.

Preventative Maintenance

Asking a professional to check your HVAC system will increase the life of the system, improve HVAC energy efficiency, reduce pollutants and save money. A dirty system can restrict airflow and increase energy use in your home. Keeping HVAC systems clean, lubricated and properly adjusted can save about 5 percent on heating and cooling costs. To increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, replace or clean filters once a month during operating seasons.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats, like the Trane XL800, are designed to maximize the performance of your home comfort system with reliable and accurate temperature control. The average annual savings for programmable thermostats is about $100, and they often pay for themselves in two years or less.

Proper HVAC System Installation

An HVAC unit may be rated as a 20 SEER device in the box; however, when the unit is installed in a home, what the system actually delivers in terms of efficiency may be different due to certain variables in the home. Efficiency can be reduced due to factors such as improper air flow, mismatched coils and leaking ducts. It's important to make sure HVAC systems are installed properly so you're getting the best efficiency possible.

About Trane

Trane offers a portfolio of high-performing and high-quality central air conditioning systems for homes. Our high-efficiency products can provide much-needed relief from rising utility bills and energy costs, while also helping you do something positive for your community and the environment. The average household will pay $2,300 this year on energy costs, with heating and cooling alone accounting for almost 45 percent of that total.

Trane's HVAC systems are designed to achieve maximum efficiency, reliability and comfort, delivering the efficiency its ratings promise and customers expect. To learn more about how Trane can help you improve your home's HVAC energy efficiency please visit

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