Trane®’s Tips for “Greening” Your HVAC

Ways to be energy efficient for the short term and long haul.

Turn the heat up (or down)

About 47 percent of the average household’s annual energy bills stem from heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Adjusting your thermostat is free, easy and can yield big savings.

  • Research from the Trane® Home Comfort Institute shows you’ll save about three percent of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat during winter months
  • During summer, you’ll cut cooling costs three to four percent for every degree you raise your thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats are easy to install and will shave about 10 percent off of your heating and cooling bills, says the Alliance to Save Energy. The average annual savings is about $100. Programmable thermostats often pay for themselves in two years or less.

  • Programmable thermostats like the Trane XL800, are designed to maximize the performance of your home comfort systems with reliable and accurate temperature control
  • Because you can program them to raise or lower the temperature when you’re not home, they also save energy while still maintaining your standard of comfort

Maintain your furnace and air conditioner

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the average household will spend almost $2,100 on home energy costs in 2007, with heating and cooling costs accounting for about one-half of the typical residential energy bill.

  • Have your local independent Trane dealer perform preventative maintenance before the winter heating and summer cooling seasons begin
  • Asking a professional to tune up your system – every year for oil-fired systems, every two years for gas furnaces and three years for heat pumps – will increase the life of the system, improve energy efficiency, reduce pollutants and save money

Know when to replace your appliances

If your furnace, air conditioner or other major appliances, such as heat pumps, are more than 10 years old, it may make sense to replace them with newer, more energy efficient models.

  • The Trane® XV95 is the world’s most efficient gas furnace and the first to attain up to a 96.7 percent Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, exceeding the government’s minimum AFUE rating for furnaces and boilers by nearly 20 percent. By installing this efficient furnace, not only are you doing something good for the environment, but you can get up to $200 in tax credits, and you are saving yourself up to 40 percent on energy consumption and, in-turn, lowering your energy bills
  • The Trane® XL19i – with one of the highest Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios available of up to 19.5 – could save a family up to 59 percent on their annual energy bill

Green means a healthy and comfortable home

Green isn’t just about recycling, minimizing waste and saving energy. Green is also about being healthy and comfortable in our environments – especially when it comes to our homes. The EPA says indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

  • Trane® CleanEffects is the first central air cleaning system that removes up to 99.98 percent of particles and allergens from the filtered air down to .1 microns – the size so small that your nose and mouth cannot effectively filter them naturally, so they settle deep in your lungs and may affect your health
  • Trane® CleanEffects is 100 times more effective than the typical 1-inch disposable filter found in 85 percent of American homes with an HVAC system

For more information on how Trane® is enabling green communities, visit or contact: Steve Solmonson, 612-375-8536,