3 Ways to Help the Environment Without Sacrificing Your Comfort
Everybody knows that "Virginia is for Lovers," and Woodbridge, Virginia, is no exception. That’s especially true for those who love the outdoors. Woodbridge offers the natural treasures of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the outdoor activities of historic Leesylvania State Park. If you love the nature around Woodbridge, you may be looking for things you can do to help protect the environment. Perhaps you already avoid plastic packaging, recycle and pick up during your dog walks. But are you taking these other important steps?
Conserve More Water
Water is a precious resource that we often take for granted in the United States. You can take many simple steps to significantly reduce water use and waste. Install low-flow shower heads, which can you can find at any hardware store, and keep your showers short. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shaving, and landscape with native plants that are drought resistant. These small steps add up over time.
Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Open a can of varnish or sniff a new carpet and you’ll likely come into contact with volatile organic compounds. You’ll find these chemicals in many home products. Many may not have any noticeable odor as they “off-gas” into the air inside of your home. To address this issue, reduce the amount of products that you buy that contain VOCs. Properly use and dispose of chemicals that are harmful to the environment.
Upgrade to an Efficient HVAC System
Every modern home has an HVAC system that offers the comfort of climate control. Older HVAC systems, especially those that are nearing the end of their life, won’t offer the energy efficiency of a newer system. Inefficient systems use more energy, including higher fuel consumption, which can negatively impact the environment. Consider upgrading your HVAC system to a newer and more energy-efficient model.
Our HVAC experts can answer your questions about upgrading your HVAC system. Call Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning by calling 703-783-0145 to discuss options to improve your indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
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